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Pace discusses Bears draft process

MOBILE, Ala. – In an exclusive interview with at the Senior Bowl, Bears general manager Ryan Pace described the team's draft process from beginning to end.

An entire year's worth of work by scouts and coaches goes into creating numerical draft grades, which take into consideration football talent, character, intelligence, injury history and scheme fit.

"The task for myself and coach [John] Fox is to take all these different opinions and come to one common final grade that we feel good about," Pace said.

During the interview, Pace also discussed how the Bears coaching the Senior Bowl will benefit the team moving forward in the draft process as well as the importance of evaluating not only Senior Bowl practices but the game itself.

"The game's important," Pace said. "There are certain guys that are kind of gamers. Practice might be solid, but when the lights come on on game day they kind of turn it up. There's a lot of stock in the game. Our whole staff is remaining here for the game—all the scouts—so it will be good to see those guys perform."

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