Chicago Bears 2021 NFL Draft: Ryan Pace worked magic in late rounds

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After the Chicago Bears made just two picks in the top 150 selections, it was time for Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace to shine.

The 2021 NFL Draft was already a success for the Bears after two rounds. Moving up, shocking the football world and selecting Justin Fields? That was more than enough for fans to call the draft a massive success.

But, for his next trick, Pace moved up in the second round to get a first-round talent in tackle Teven Jenkins.

From there, the Bears waited until the fifth round at pick 151 to make their next selection. That pick ended up being MIssouri offensive tackle Larry Borom, which sent a clear message: Pace was ready to surround Fields with everything he needed.

In the late rounds, Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace made some magic happen.

Sometimes, the later rounds aren’t as thrilling to watch for the average fan. That’s understandable, however, the die-hard Bears fans were still glued in on the action. Pace made it all worth it, too.

Before Chicago was about to make a pick at no. 208, Pace traded back and netted a seventh rounder from the Seattle Seahawks. So, the Bears now had picks at 217 (via Seattle), 221, 228 and 250.

That was more than enough to work with for Pace, who still needed to address some positions in a big way.

What Pace ended up doing in those late rounds was completely flawless. He not only addressed positions that needed to be filled, but he did so with some excellent value picks. Most of these guys he took in the late rounds shouldn’t have been available, but the Bears found them.