Just how successful were the Bears at finding talent through the NFL draft from 2008-2010? Profootballfocus.com puts their picks through the Draft Grader and it isn't pretty.
Each pick earns a grade somewhere between 2.0 and -2.0 in 0.5 increments. The criteria for the grades include: where they were drafted, their performance, their contribution and other factors such as injuries or conditions that couldn't be accounted for.
The Bears had zero players at 2.0 or 1.0 with only running back Matt Forte at 1.5 or "Getting much more than you bargained for!"
Six current Bears came in at 0.5 or "Never hurts to find a solid contributor." They include: wide receiver Earl Bennett, safety Craig Steltz, tight end Kellen Davis, defensive tackle Henry Melton, cornerback D.J. Moore and WR Johnny Knox. The total number of players here should probably be higher.
The most populated grade was 0.0 or "It could have been worse" with 13 picks, though many contributed very little before leaving or are still doing so. Some of these picks include CB Zackary Bowman, guard Lance Louis, S Major Wright, defensive end Corey Wootton and tackle J'Marcus Webb.
A couple of top-100 picks -- DE Jarron Gilbert and WR Juaquin Iglesias -- in 2009 fall into the -1.0 or "What a waste!" category.
The worst pick based on the grading system is tackle Chris Williams, the 14th overall pick in 2008. He came in at -1.5 or "The scoutscoaches failed, big time!"
No picks graded out at -2.0 or "You just drafted the love child of Jamarcus Russell and Ryan Leaf!"