Ranking the Bears Last 10 First-Round Picks, Worst to Best

The Chicago Bears have made some very regrettable decisions in the past decade when it comes to the Draft.

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9. Gabe Carimi, T - 2011

Carimi was the 5th tackle taken in the 2011 draft, but many believed he had a bright future ahead of him in the league. Carmi replaced Hall-of-Famer Joe Thomas as Wisconsin's left tackle in 2007 as a freshman and would go on to become a very solid player for the Badgers. He won the Outland Trophy in his senior year, an award for the nation's top collegiate interior lineman.

The Bears drafted Carimi 29th overall in 2011, but even attempted to trade up a few spots to 26 and take him there. That trade never happened, but the Bears still got their guy. The Bears gave up a league-high 56 sacks the season before so offensive line help was crucial.

Carimi started out as the Bears starting right tackle his rookie year, but suffered a season-ending knee injury in just his second game. Injuries plagued his career early on and he never was able to solidify at a position as he moved from tackle to guard multiple times. The Bears ended up cutting ties with their former first-round pick when they traded him to the Buccaneers in 2013 for a sixth-round pick.

8. Shea McClellin, DE - 2012

Super Bowl champion Shea McClellin! That is right, McClellin won a Super Bowl with the Patriots in 2017. Jokes aside, the Bears drafted him in 2012 with the 19th overall selection. McClellin was your typical "shoot up the draft boards" guy as he had a great Senior Bowl and combine. Many believed he would be a middle-round player, but his stock rose drastically leading up to the draft. It was also a head scratch when the Bears made it clear they would be using him as a defensive end opposite Julius Peppers in their 4-3 scheme when he ideally would fit better as a 3-4 outside linebacker.

In 2014, the Bears announced McClellin would be moving to inside linebacker, but eventually would decline his fifth-year option. He had a career high 81 tackles in 2015 which is what led the Patriots to sign him to a three-year contract in 2016. McClellin started in the famous Patriots comeback Super Bowl win against the Falcons in 2017. He retired in 2018 due to multiple concussion issues.