Ryan Pace is going to turn the Chicago Bears into a winner in 2018

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2015 Draft class

Pace was brought on as the youngest general manager (37) in the NFL. Here was his first draft class: Kevin White, Eddie Goldman, Hroniss Grasu, Jeremy Langford, Adrian Amos and Tayo Fabuluje. So, if I rag on the draft classes of Angelo and Emery, then I have to do it on Pace’s first draft class.

One of the first tasks Pace undertook was finding a trade partner for troubled wide receiver Brandon Marshall. It was clear that Marshall still had some left in the tank, but Pace and Fox needed to change the terrible culture from the Marc Trestman era. Pace was able to get a 5th round pick from the Jets for Marshall.

The trade created a big need at wide receiver. That led to the selection of White. However, White can’t stay healthy, and he hasn’t even looked good in the limited action that he has played in. When it’s all said and done he would have played in five games out of a possible 48. He has bust written all over him.

Grasu just posted a 0.0 pass-blocking grade, according to Pro Football Focus. Langford falls down after he’s first contacted and isn’t even on a team. Fabuluje was a wasted pick, as well.

So, Goldman and Amos are really the only good pieces from this draft class. This isn’t exactly how you’d want to start off a new chapter in the franchise. Goldman has been a great nose-tackle for this 3-4 defense. The key for him will be staying healthy.


The other good piece from this draft class is Amos.

This draft could easily earn a C- grade. You have to hit on your 1st round draft pick, especially a top-10 pick. Unfortunately, Pace didn’t do that.

For what its’ worth, and I think people don’t realize that Pace fired or did not renew the contract of most of the scouts almost immediately after that draft. Those scouts weren’t the guys Pace wanted. Marty Barrett had been with the team for 18 years. Pace wanted to bring in his own group of scouts.