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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1. Roquan Smith, LB - 2018

The 2017 Butkus Award winner was the top linebacker available in the 2018 class and the Bears were in desperate need of one so did not hesitate to select him 8th overall. Smith made an immediate impact in his rookie season where he had 122 total tackles, five sacks, and an interception. The 2018 Bears defense was the top-scoring defense in the league only giving up 16.6 PPG. They were also the top unit in rush defense giving up only 80 yards a game in which Smith played a huge role.

Smith continued right where he left off after his rookie season by never having less than 100 total tackles in four complete seasons with the Bears. He was traded to the Ravens in his fifth season after new general manager Ryan Poles and him were unable to agree on a long-term deal. Smith was looking to become the lead's highest-paid off-ball linebacker and Poles had numerous other holes to fix on a rebuilding team. Who really won that trade is still up for debate today.

Smith was clearly on the path of becoming the next great Bears linebacker before he was traded. He has now cemented himself as arguably the league's best middle linebacker in Baltimore and has been named First-team All-Pro in each of the past two seasons.

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