Their 8-8 record for 2013 landed the Bears at No. 14 in the first round of the 2014 draft. But the draft itself may have effectively given them at a pick more in line with the Top 10, an area the Bears have not drafted since 2005 when they had the No. 5 pick to use on Cedric Benson.
“From my perspective, this is the best and deepest draft I’ve seen in probably 10 years,” NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said on Tuesday. “That’s been reinforced by the general managers and scouts that I’ve talked to around the league.
“I had one GM tell me that a Top 20 pick this year is very similar to having a Top 10 pick last year.”
That is not necessarily good news. Maybe the Bears will fare better with faux Top 10 picks than actual ones. Since landing Brian Urlacher at No. 9 in the 2000 draft, the Bears have had two Top 10 picks and neither have worked out particularly well: Benson and wide receiver David Terrell at No. 8 in 2001.