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Chalk Talk: What is best draft class in Bears history?

Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of questions from fans on ChicagoBears.com.

In the modern era, what is considered as the Bears' best draft class?
Napoleon B.
Orland Hills, Illinois

Others may disagree, but I think the 1983 draft is the best in Bears history. It produced seven eventual starters who helped lead the team to its first Super Bowl championship in 1985. The '83 draft class included Hall of Fame tackle Jimbo Covert and receiver Willie Gault in the first round, cornerback Mike Richardson in the second, safety Dave Duerson in the third, guard Tom Thayer in the fourth and Hall of Fame defensive end Richard Dent and guard Mark Bortz in the eighth. Other modern-era contenders are the 1965 draft in which the Bears selected Hall of Famers Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers with back-to-back first round picks, and the 1975 crop that produced nine starters, including first-rounder Walter Payton, a Hall of Fame running back who is widely considered the best player in franchise history.

I know that new Bears coach Matt Eberflus has a defensive background, so I was wondering how involved he is with the offense.
Pete R.
Waterloo, Iowa

From what I've seen and heard at Halas Hall, it seems that Matt Eberflus is very involved with the Bears offense. He spent quite a bit of time with the offense during Tuesday's minicamp practice, and quarterback Justin Fields mentioned to reporters that Eberflus "sits in on our meetings a lot." Fields added: "I've gotten to know him a lot more these past few weeks. He's a great person. I can tell he loves the game and I can tell that he really wants us to be great. He has a plan, and we're going to follow after his lead, and we're all excited to get this thing going."

Larry, you may not want to use this question because I'm going to put you on the spot. Let's say that all available players were graded equally. What two positions would you select with the Bears' two second-round picks?
Mike J.
Port Charlotte, Florida

I'll answer it, Mike. If every player in the draft had the same grade, I would pick an offensive lineman and wide receiver with the Bears' two second-round choices, in part to help surround Fields with as much talent as possible. Of course, the reality is that every prospect on the Bears' draft board will have a different grade. So, in that scenario, I would not reach to address a certain position and pass up a higher-rated player at another spot. Plus, I'm obviously not privy to the Bears' draft grades and how they feel about the depth at various positions in the draft. They may feel there's better value at, say, offensive line and receiver later in the draft and it's more important to address a thinner position in the second round.

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