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The Ryan Pace Bracket Challenge: Draft #4 vs #5

The first round of draft voting comes to a close with players who have been ejected, snubbed, and elected to the Pro Bowl—plus there’s a guy who’s no longer active.

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It’s getting into the nitty gritty in the Ryan Pace Bracket Challenge. To recap the rules and see the first round, click here. Otherwise, we have early results. A showdown of draft choices looks has netted the following results. At the time of this writing, in the best draft selection category, Fields and Jenkins had beaten our Cohen and Amos, while Eddie Jackson was on the verge of upsetting Eddie Goldman. Meanwhile, in the worst draft selection category, Trubisky and Shaheen beat out Bullard and Floyd, while White was beating Ridley.

It’s now time to finish out the first round of the “draft” side of the challenge. Just a reminder that fans have 48 hours to vote, and that everyone should be sure to register their opinions and to lobby for their favorites in the comments section.

Best:

#4: Cody Whitehair - Whitehair is proof that Ryan Pace has invested in the offensive line before, and that he has done so successfully. Whitehair has shown flexibility and tenacity, two traits Chicago has needed in the trenches.

#5: Roquan Smith - While he might not have made it to a Pro Bowl yet, and while there are questions about positional value, Chicago is a city that loves its linebackers, and Smith has earned a 2nd-Team All Pro distinction.

Worst:

#4: Anthony Miller - Miller isn’t just a wide receiver who Pace traded up to get, sacrificing a future pick to double-dip in the second round of his draft. He is also a player who has been ejected from games twice, and he’s barely averaged around 500 yards a season. Persistent rumor claims the Bears have tried to trade him yet found no takers. To add insult to injury, D.J. Chark and Michael Gallup were taken soon after, and even Marquez Scantling-Valdez would have been there had the Bears stayed put.

#5: Hroniss Grasu - Grasu is no longer active. The third-round pick only played in 14 games for the team that drafted him in the third round, and it’s questionable whether or not even that was too many. After trying his luck with a total of six NFL teams, Grasu is currently looking for work.

Poll

Which was the better draft move?

This poll is closed

  • 28%
    #4: Picking Cody Whitehair
    (361 votes)
  • 71%
    #5: Picking Roquan Smith
    (927 votes)
1288 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which was the worse draft move?

This poll is closed

  • 24%
    #4: Selecting Anthony Miller
    (322 votes)
  • 75%
    #5: Selecting Hroniss Grasu
    (979 votes)
1301 votes total Vote Now