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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5. Kyle Fuller, CB - 2014

1st Round, 14th Overall

Fuller was drafted one pick after Aaron Donald - what could've been. At least he wasn't taken one pick before Donald and we would have to live with that the rest of our lives! Fuller is the first, first-round pick to make the list and one of only two total (more on that later). The Bears have clearly not impressed in the first round of the draft in recent memory.

Fuller played in 96 games with the Bears totaling 19 interceptions, 82 passes defended, and four forced fumbles. He was selected to two Pro Bowls and named a First-team All-Pro in 2018. He was also a very willing tackler with 390 combined tackles in his tenure with the Bears, including a big shot on Ke'Shawn Vaughn in 2020.

4. Roquan Smith, LB - 2018

1st Round, 8th Overall

If we are talking pure talent, then Smith probably leads this list. The reason he comes in at four, though, is that he was a top-10 selection at a non-premier position and did not receive a second contract from the Bears. Smith and Ryan Poles were unable to come to an agreement on a new contract as Smith wanted to be one of the top paid players at his position and Poles had an entire team to rebuild.

In 4.5 years with the Bears, Smith had 607 combined tackles, eight interceptions, and 16.5 sacks. If the Bears' roster as a whole was in a better spot in 2022, a deal would likely have been done to keep him in Chicago for a long time. However, the two sides could not agree and Smith was traded to the Ravens who then made him the highest-paid inside linebacker in the NFL.

I think we can agree both sides won as the Ravens have the best inside linebacker in the league and the Bears were able to get two quality linebackers for roughly the same price in Tremaine Edmunds and T.J. Edwards.