Past drafts have been filled with booms and busts for the Bears.
5 best value picks
LB Mike Singletary, Round 2, Pick 38, 1981: After selecting offensive tackle Keith Van Horne with the 11th overall pick, the Bears eyed Singletary and traded up two spots with the 49ers in the second round to grab him with the 38th overall selection. He went on to be named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1985 and 1988 and started 172 games in his Hall of Fame career.
DE Richard Dent, Round 8, Pick 203, 1983: No player since Dent was selected in the eighth round with the 203rd overall pick has been chosen later in the draft and named to the Hall of Fame since 1983. The Super Bowl XX MVP finished his career with 137-1/2 career sacks and set a team record with 17-1/2 in 1984.
G Mark Bortz, Round 8, Pick 219, 1983: Sixteen picks after the Bears selected Hall of Famer Richard Dent, the team drafted Bortz 219th overall out of Iowa in 1983 and he went on to start 155 games in 12 seasons. He was named to two Pro Bowls. Bortz was a projection choice as he had played defensive tackle in college.
C Olin Kreutz, Round 3, Pick 64, 1998: Bears selected him as a junior out of Washington and he became a starter in his second season. Went on to start 183 games over 13 seasons and was a six-time Pro Bowl selection. Considered the undisputed team leader for much of his tenure.
LB Lance Briggs, Round 3, Pick 68, 2003: Became a starter in the first month of his rookie season and has started 170 games over the last 12 years. Seven-time Pro Bowl selection trails only Brian Urlacher in tackles since the team began compiling the statistic in 1971.
5 worst draft busts
RB Joe Moore, Round 1, Pick 11, 1971: Bears were seeking a replacement for Gale Sayers when they chose Moore, who was the leading rusher at Missouri when his career ended. He played two seasons and rushed for 281 yards. Maybe it was for the best. If Moore had worked out, the team might not have drafted Walter Payton No. 4 overall in 1975.
OT Stan Thomas, Round 1, Pick 22, 1991: Started only 26 games in two seasons and got into a screaming match with coach Mike Ditka on the sideline during a game in 1992. Left training camp in 1993 when he was upset over a demotion.
DE John Thierry, Round 1, Pick 11, 1995: The Bears pronounced they had the “next Charles Haley” when they grabbed the super athletic Thierry 11th overall in 1995. He never turned into a regular starter in four seasons. Although he went on to be more productive for the Browns and Packers, he never lived up to his promise with the Bears.
RB Curtis Enis, Round 1, Pick 5, 1998: After productive college career at Penn State, the Bears drafted him fifth overall in 1998. Enis held out as a rookie and wound up with a torn ACL that season. He never got on track with the Bears, who were one of many teams to pass on wide receiver Randy Moss in the first round.
QB Cade McNown, Round 1, Pick 12, 1999: The Bears traded down out of the No. 7 spot (where they could have selected cornerback Champ Bailey, who the Redskins used that pick on), and chose McNown No. 12 overall. McNown lacked good arm strength, necessary for windy games along the lakefront at Soldier Field, and quickly alienated fans and teammates. He was dumped before the start of the 2001 season.