Longtime NFL personnel guru Gil Brandt ranks the Bears as the third most talented team in the league.
“GM Ryan Pace has shown he’s not afraid to make bold moves, orchestrating trades to land QB Mitchell Trubisky in the 2017 NFL Draft and pass rusher Khalil Mack last September,” Brandt writes on NFL.com.
“Not too long ago, it felt like Chicago’s roster was littered with first-round busts. Now, it feels like it’s bursting with first-round starters, like Trubisky, cornerback Kyle Fuller, right guard Kyle Long and linebackers Leonard Floyd and Roquan Smith, peppered with mid-round steals like running back Tarik Cohen and safety Eddie Jackson.”
After finishing in last place in the NFC North with a 5-11 record in 2017, the Bears rebounded to win the division in 2018 with a 12-4 mark.
Pace was named Sporting News NFL executive of the year after he helped orchestrate the worst-to-first turnaround with a series of impactful moves. He hired Matt Nagy as coach, traded for Mack, matched a contract offer Fuller received from the Packers, completely revamped the receiving corps and drafted three players who were named to the NFL All-Rookie team.
Brandt ranks the Eagles as the NFL’s most talented team, followed by the Cowboys at No. 2. He lists the Rams at No. 4 and the Patriots at No. 5.