Ranking the Bears' 10 Best Draft Picks of the Last Decade

How do the best 10 draft selections by the Bears in the last decade stack up?
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7. David Montgomery, RB - 2019

3rd Round, 73rd Overall

The Bears did not own a first or second-round pick in 2019 due to the Khalil Mack trade. Jordan Howard was still on the roster, but not viewed as the right guy for head coach Matt Nagy's scheme. Many had Montgomery as the third or fourth-best running back of the 2019 class so it was a win to get him in the third round. He was the highest-drafted running back by the Bears since 2008 when they took Matt Forte.

In four seasons with the Bears Montgomery rushed for 3,609 yards and 25 touchdowns. He never had less than 800 yards rushing and only missed four games over that span. While he does not have truly elite speed, he makes tacklers pay with his downhill running. As seems to be the case with many Bears players, he had the best year of his career after departing the team and joining the Lions last season.

6. Cody Whitehair, C/G - 2016

2nd Round, 56th Overall

Whitehair spent the most time on the Bears over anyone else on this list as of right now. In eight seasons with the Bears, he started 118 games and made a Pro Bowl in 2018. Whitehair was a staple of the Bears' offensive line for a long time and played both guard and center.

The last couple seasons did not go particularly well for Whitehair and the Bears, but that should not take anything away from the quality of play he had early on. He was the first Bears center to be selected to a Pro Bowl since Olin Kreutz. Any time your name is mentioned in the same sentence as a Bears great like Kreutz, you likely did something right in your time with the team.