3 Bears Draft Picks Who Are Officially Busts Following 2023 Season

As the Chicago Bears decide what to do with the 1st overall pick in April, it's officially time to labgive the "bust" label to these three former draft picks.

WR Velus Jones Jr. is officially a draft bust.
WR Velus Jones Jr. is officially a draft bust. / Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports
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2. OL Larry Borom — 2021 Round 5, Pick 151

In an attempt to bolster the offensive line, the Bears used the 151st overall pick in 2021 to draft offensive lineman Larry Borom out of Missouri. Although he wasn't the biggest name in the draft, the fact that he was named second-team All-SEC by Pro Football Focus had Chicago fans feeling hopeful about the O-line's future.

After an ankle injury forced him to miss six of the first seven games, Borom struggled throughout his rookie campaign. By the time everything was said and done, he had allowed 32 total pressures (23 hurries, 5.0 sacks, 4 QB hits) across 415 pass-block downs. He did manage to learn from his mistakes in his second year, though, highlighted by his overall PFF grade improving from 61.4 to 64.7.

That's where the positives end, though. Borom was horrendous in 2023, allowing 25 pressures (16 hurries, 3.0 sacks, 6 QB hits) despite playing a career-low 225 pass-block downs. When it came to eligible tackles on PFF, the Detroit, MI native ranked 12th-worst against the run (50.4) and eighth-worst overall (48.0) while carrying a 45.2 pass-block grade.

Based on the current trend, it's hard to imagine Borom sticking around in the NFL much longer. Fifth-round picks don't always hit, but that doesn't excuse his rapid decline.

Fortunately, there's only one more year remaining on Borom's rookie contract, meaning he might not be around the Windy City for much longer.