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Bears: 2017 Draft Grades (Petrusevski)

The Chicago Bears 2017 NFL Draft was interesting, to say the least. It’s safe to say that the Bears surprised a lot of people with their selections. The initial grades for Ryan Pace and company are low, but I beg to differ.

Here are my grades for the five draft picks the Bears made.

Round One, 2nd Overall: Mitch Trubisky, QB – North Carolina

Many analysts and fans thought giving up several picks to move up just one spot to select a quarterback that could have been taken with the third pick was a reach for the Bears and Ryan Pace. There not wrong, but personally, I like the move. Many older Bears fans complain that the Bears have never taken a possible franchise quarterback early in the draft. Then when they actually do it they get mad.

Pace thinks Trubisky can be the face of the Bears, so he took him. Can’t fault the guy for that. Trubisky has the skill set and make-up an NFL quarterback. Like every draft pick, there is risk involved. Kudos to Pace going out there and getting his man.

Grade: B+

Round Two, 45th Overall: Adam Shaheen, TE – Ashland College (D-II)

Ryan Pace made a very underrated move and traded down in the second round to accumulate more picks. That resulted in the Bears selecting division two star tight end Adam Shaheen. Again, this pick will be considered a reach by many. With that being said, this kid has a chance to be a star.

Shaheen will be red zone monster at 6’6″ and 278 pounds. He compares to a Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski type of player. His length and athletic ability will allow him to go up and get any ball. Mitch Trubisky is going to have some playmakers when he becomes the starter in the windy city.

Grade: B+   

Round Four, 112th Overall: Eddie Jackson, S – Alabama

There were many people that were upset that the Bears didn’t select a defensive back sooner in the draft and rightfully so. The team still needs to add some talent in the secondary. They did just that when they drafted Eddie Jackson out Alabama.

Jackson will have a chance to start at safety next season. He will also have an impact in the Bears return game, which has needed some talent ever since Devin Hester left. Jackson fills a couple needs on the current roster. This was a solid pick.

Grade: B 

Round Four, 119th Overall: Tarik Cohen, RB – North Carolina A&T (D-II)

This pick is interesting for many different reasons. No one, including myself, thought the Bears would take a running back in this year’s draft. Pace surprised us all again and took Tarik Cohen. Early word on Cohen is he resembles a player of Darren Sproles’ caliber. That is nice to hear considering the fact that Jordan Howard isn’t the best at catching balls out of the backfield.

This pick was a reach, considering Cohen was projected to go in the sixth round. Pace seems to be building something is his own vision, which is great, but comes with a lot of risks. Because of this, I have to give him a lower grade for this pick.

Grade: D+

Round Five, 147th Overall: Jordan Morgan, OL – Kutztown University (D-II)

The Bears offense line will be one of the strengths of the team going forward. Pace decided to add more depth with the Bears last pick in the draft. Jordan Morgan was chosen with the 147th overall pick. Morgan has the size of an NFL offensive linemen. The question is does he have the skills?

He excels at run-blocking, which is why the Bears valued him so high. This is the third player that Pace took that played division two football. There is some question about that theory and rightfully so.

Grade: D+

Final Take 

Ryan Pace made some bold moves in the 2017 NFL Draft. Mitch Trubisky is now the quarterback of the future and people should be excited about that. Yes, picks were traded, but they were eventually reacquired. I give Ryan Pace credit for taking chances.

The biggest problem with this year’s draft for the Bears was selecting players from division two football. Three out of the five Bear’s draft picks were not in the FBS. That means those players are more of a project than others. There is risk there, but if the players turn out to be good then that risk is worth it. We won’t know the true grade of this draft until three or four years from now. That is why their current grade for the 2017 draft will be a low one.

Overall Grade: C 







Nick is a recent graduate of Northern Illinois University and passionate about everything Chicago sports (except the Cubs). He has run his own website, been featured on Bleacher Report, and tried to sell his soul on eBay (which he hasn’t gotten back). He hopes to one day see his beloved Bears win the Super Bowl and is still trying to figure out why Jay Cutler gets so much hate.

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