Chicago Bears: Top 5 must-have value prospects in 2019 NFL Draft

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Chicago Bears, 2019 NFL Draft
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For the Chicago Bears, the 2019 NFL Draft is going to be more about value than anything else.

Tis the season, Chicago Bears fans. The 2019 NFL Draft is about a week and a half away. Just think, a year ago, we were awaiting a top-10 draft selection from Ryan Pace and his crew. We all wanted to know if Pace could follow up a strong free agency period with an equally strong draft class, and as it turned out, he certainly lived up to it.

A year ago, Roquan Smith was brought to the Bears as their first-round pick. Pace followed that up by selecting James Daniels and then trading up for Anthony Miller, both coming out of the second round. The rest of the class from last year appear to be works in progress, but Pace definitely continued what was already a killer 2018 offseason.

This year, the Bears are in a much different position as a franchise. For starters, they’re coming off a division title — it was mostly Bears fans who saw that coming, and maybe not even as dominant as it turned out to be.

Due to their success, the Bears’ first-rounder isn’t even close to last year’s top-10 selection. Oh, and by the way, it belongs to the Oakland Raiders — thanks, Jon Gruden. The Khalil Mack trade saw the Bears give up their first round pick this year, because the Raiders assumed Chicago’s first rounder would be at a much better spot than, oh, let’s say, the Green Bay Packers.

As fate would have it, Mack flipped the entire defense on its head and turned it into the top unit in all of football — that trade was well-worth the package given up.

Due to the Mack trade, as well as the Miller deal a year ago, Chicago doesn’t pick until no. 87 in the third round. Some aren’t too excited about this year’s draft because of that fact, however I am the exact opposite. I cannot wait to see what Pace does with his limited draft capital. Better yet, I can’t wait to see what kind of talent falls — because, after all, it always happens.

Every year, great players fall lower than they should in the draft. It never fails. Who will it be in 2019? That’s a good question. I’ve picked a select few whom, should they fall a little bit, must be snatched up by Pace and the front office. Let’s get to it.