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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3. Kyle Long, G - 2013

I think many Bears fans had the, "who?!" reaction when this pick was announced in 2013. Long did not have a whole bunch of tape in college at Oregon. Nonetheless, the Bears decided to take him in the first round, 20th overall. The pick ended up being a pleasant surprise as Long was a staple on the offensive line for about five years and brought a nasty edge to the trenches that had been missed since the departure of Olin Kreutz. If not for injuries, we may still be talking about Long in a football uniform mauling defensive tackles.

Long only ended up playing six seasons for the Bears, but was a fan favorite the entire time. He was elected to three Pro Bowls and earned a Second-team All-Pro nod in 2014. He was also named 74th in the 100 greatest Bears of all time, a list put together by Don Pierson and Dan Pompei. It is not often that the Bears reach on a player in the draft it ends up working out rather well for them, but a case can be made of that with Long. While he only started 77 games in the NFL, his presence in that short time was felt immensely.

2. Kyle Fuller, CB - 2014

Fuller was the second cornerback selected in the 2014 draft, 14th overall. Justin Gilbert was selected 8th by the Browns and I am sure he is much lower on the Browns' version of this list. Fuller started out 3rd on the depth chart behind veteran Tim Jennings and arguably the best corner in Bears' history, Charles Tillman. He had four interceptions his rookie year and was named to the PFWA All-Rookie team.

His sophomore season was not as great as his first as he only snagged two interceptions that year. He then missed the entire 2016 season due to a knee injury. 2018 was by far the best year of his career. He finished with seven interceptions (tied for the lead league), 55 total tackles, and 21 passes defended. He was named a First-team All-Pro and selected to his first of two Pro Bowls that year.

Fuller finished his Bears' career with 96 games played, 19 interceptions, and four forced fumbles. He had a stint with the Broncos after, but his play fell off drastically as he was eventually benched. He then was picked up by the Ravens in 2022, but tore his ACL in week 1 unfortunately so has not played since.