Commentary

No. 13: Bears' best draft class

Defense picks have driven Chicago's draft success, highlighted by Singletary in '81

Originally Published: March 28, 2009
By ESPN Stats & Information | Special to Insider

ESPN Stats and Information has ranked all NFL players drafted in the modern draft (1967-2008) based on their performance during their NFL careers -- regardless of how they fared with the team that drafted them. Insider will count down each team's best draft class (seeded 1-32), then conduct a tournament to determine the best class of all time.

For a short explanation of the ranking system, click here, or, for a more detailed rundown of how the system was developed, click here.

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BEARS' BEST CLASS -- 1981

The Bears are one of the worst drafting franchises when it comes to selecting quarterbacks, wide receivers and offensive linemen. But they have drafted relatively well on defense -- seven of their top 10 picks are on the defensive side.


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