Draft Week Brings Out the Best in Ryan Pace

It’s draft week in the NFL and that is music to Bears General Manager Ryan Pace’s ears

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Happy Draft Week, Bears fans! The Bears have the opportunity to add more talent to an already competitive roster, and Ryan Pace is probably fired up.

The NFL Draft gives teams the chance to add the talent they feel can put them over the top. The Bears may be limited in draft capital, but that shouldn’t worry fans.

Many, including myself, have questioned Ryan Pace’s ability to draft talent in the first round, but I think we can all agree that Ryan Pace knows how to find good talent in the middle rounds.

The Bears will not have a pick until the third round of this year’s draft, and that’s okay because Ryan Pace is a wizard when it comes to scouting. If you take a look at his previous work, Pace has done a great job identifying talent in the late rounds.

In 2015, he took Adrian Amos in the fifth round. In 2016, he drafted Nick Kwiatkoski in the fourth and pro bowler Jordan Howard in the fifth round. 2017 was no different. Even though many said that it was the draft that got Pace fired, thank you Matt Miller of Bleacher Report, Pace managed to nan tow future first-teamers in Eddie Jackson and Tarik Cohen. It’s still a little early to know for sure, but Pace found a possible fifth round gem in the 2018 draft with Bilal Nichols.

They always say that quality is better than quantity. That is how Bears fans should feel heading into this draft. Bill Zimmerman, a writer for BearGooglesOn.com, found a really interesting statistic that should excite Bears fans!

Here is what he found. “Ryan Pace’s 4th and 5th round selections have been more productive than 23 teams’ 1st and 2nd round selections since 2015.”

That is really a fascinating statistic to see, but at the same time, no one should be surprised. From day one, Ryan Pace wanted to focus on the scouting and development of homegrown talent. Get excited Bears fans! The NFL draft kicks off on Thursday night at 7 PM central time.


Featured Photo: Chicago Tribune

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