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Ryan Pace Bracket Challenge Semifinal 1 (the Draft)

Nearly 1800 players have been drafted since Ryan Pace took over for the Chicago Bears, and fans have helped to narrow down his biggest decisions to these four.

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Votes have been tallied, fans have weighed in, and there are only a few matchups left to go. It’s time to decide the best and worst draft decisions Ryan Pace has made in his six years as a general manager for the Chicago Bears. Six years is a long time in the land of football. Since Ryan Pace came to Chicago, every team but the Jets have appeared in at least one playoff game.

The following twenty-four teams have won at least one playoff game: the 49ers, Bills, Broncos, Browns, Buccaneers, Cardinals, Chargers, Chiefs, Colts, Cowboys, Eagles, Falcons, Jaguars, Packers, Panthers, Patriots, Rams, Ravens, Saints, Seahawks, Steelers, Texans, Titans, and Vikings.

And, of course, 1786 players have been drafted. That leads to today’s head-to-head showdown. It’s time to pick the best and worst draft decisions by Chicago’s own Ryan Pace. Because we have so few rounds left, the timeframe is crunched, and fans have only 36 hours to vote in each of the final rounds.

Best Draft Decision

#1: Drafting Justin Fields - Justin Fields is perhaps the most complete prospect ever drafted to play quarterback for the Chicago Bears. He is certainly the most complete prospect drafted since the merger. If there is a trait a quarterback is supposed to have—tangible or otherwise—this kid seems to have it. Ryan Pace overpaid by conventional measures to move up to get him, but another way of phrasing that is he was able to convince Giants’ manager Gettleman to move down for once. The biggest issue ultimately might just be that so far, Fields is only a prospect. He has yet to play a snap.

#6: Drafting Eddie Jackson - Jackson was supposed to go early, but an injury drove him down into the fourth round, where Pace snatched him up in a gamble that paid off. While 2020 was a disappointing season for Jackson, he is still a two-time Pro Bowler and a 1st-Team All Pro.

Worst Draft Decision

#1: Drafting Mitchell Trubisky - After a single good year at North Carolina, Trubisky shot up the boards heading into the 2017 draft, and he booked a restaurant reservation under the name of James McMahon, driving a beat-up Camry to the interview. He seemed to possess the physical tools of a franchise quarterback, and the kid had all the heart a team could ask for, so Pace traded up one spot to be sure he got his guy. Simply put, whatever the reasons, it never came together.

#3: Kevin White - White was a physical specimen who just needed to work on his route running, his blocking, his use of hands, and drops. But that 40 time! While draft gurus fell in love with his speed and his frame, others were concerned that his athleticism hid an incomplete player who relied on mismatched talent for a single explosive year. Injury after injury piled up for White, and so he never got to prove doubters right or wrong.

Poll

Which was Ryan Pace’s best draft move?

This poll is closed

  • 68%
    #1: Drafting Justin Fields
    (439 votes)
  • 31%
    #6: Drafting Eddie Jackson
    (199 votes)
638 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which was Ryan Pace’s worst draft move?

This poll is closed

  • 57%
    #1: Drafting Mitchell Trubisky
    (354 votes)
  • 42%
    #3: Drafting Kevin White
    (265 votes)
619 votes total Vote Now