Shortly after the NFL Draft concluded, the Bears nearly earned straight A’s for their 2021 class from national pro football analysts.
The plaudits have continued a week later, with NFL.com writers Gennaro Filice and Dan Parr ranking the Bears draft No. 1 in the NFL.
"When [quarterback Justin Fields] surprisingly remained on the board … the Bears pounced, jumping up from No. 20 to 11 to secure the dynamic dual-threat's services," Filice wrote. "The vibe in Chicago instantly flipped: Hope sprung!
"… Pace moved up again on Day 2 to grab [Teven] Jenkins, a violent tackle who was routinely projected as a first-rounder in Mock SZN. Suddenly, the arrow's pointing up for the Bears."
Filice and Parr ranked the Chargers second, followed by the Jets, Browns and Lions. They have the Vikings 12th and the Packers 24th.
Here are the players the Bears selected in the draft:
Fields, Jenkins, Borom, Herbert, Newsome, Graham & Tonga. See photos of all the new Bears rookies selected in the 2021 NFL Draft.