2019: Riley Ridley, WR
2018, Joel Iyiegbuniwe, LB
2017: Eddie Jackson, S
2017: Tarik Cohen, RB
2016: Nick Kwiatkoski, ILB
2016: Deon Bush, S
2016: Deiondre’ Hall, CB
2015: Jeremy Langford, RB
A general manager is ultimately judged on wins and losses, and to a larger extent, championships won, but if we’re to break down the job of a GM it all starts with acquiring players through the draft. Free agency is part of the gig no question, but that’s more used to plug holes or to put a team over the top. Finding young and talented football players to fill out a roster is a must, so we’re asking you guys to grade the job done by the Chicago Bears Ryan Pace on a round by round basis.
How would you grade Ryan Pace’s 4th-round draft picks?
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When your 4th-round haul consists of two First-Team All-Pros, and three collective Pro Bowl appearances, you’re starting off in a good place. Jackson seems to be the real deal and will be a mainstay of that defense for years to come, and even though Cohen’s 2019 wasn’t as dynamic as the previous season, he’s still an electric player that defenses need to be wary of.
Kwiatkoski was a solid player for the Bears each year and his leaving to the Raiders should get the Bears a compensation pick. It would be nice to keep everyone they draft around, but the Bears went with experience at inside linebacker in this instance and that’s okay. Draft, develop, re-sign (or re-load while reaping the rewards of comp picks) is a healthy roster building strategy.
Bush has a chance at starting this season, but at the very least he’ll be a core third phase player and solid backup. Iggy may not have done much on D, but he’s a damn good special teamer and those guys are valuable depth pieces.
I still like the upside from Ridley and we should see him get more chances in 2020.
Hall netted the Bears a draft pick in trade and Langford wasn’t bad his rookie year in Chicago.
Check out the poll results for all 7 rounds here: