The Bears currently own the No. 3 overall pick in Round 1, but recent history suggests they won’t have a clue about how to use it.
Granted, general manager Ryan Pace has only had two drafts to establish himself, but he’s likely already on the hot seat after his first two drafts. After all, Phil Emery only got three seasons to turn things around, and he failed miserably, ushering in the Pace era.
During his first season, Pace swung and missed on receiver Kevin White, who has been plagued with lower-body injuries and has 19 total catches. His 2015 draft class did produce defensive tackle Eddie Goldman, but that’s about all we can say.
Last year’s draft class fared better, with first-round pick Leonard Floyd, second-round lineman Cody Whitehair and fifth-round RB Jordan Howard all contributing in a big way.
However, the roster is still in need of some serious work, and one decent draft doesn’t inspire a ton of confidence. Chicago has been in a tailspin since the franchise fired both Lovie Smith and Jerry Angelo, and it’s going to take some solid work to right the ship.