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Re-Grading the Chicago Bears' Past 5 Drafts
Nam Y. Huh

In just little over a week, the Chicago Bears and the rest of the NFL's front office will be heading to New York City to begin the 2014 NFL draft.

Every team in the league wants to be able to draft and develop players who can contribute to their team for years to come. Unfortunately, not every pick is a "hit," and teams will once again have to go back to the drawing board to find another option in the next draft.

In order to determine what the team needs are moving forward, they need to look at what they have done in the past.

In this article, each of the Chicago Bears previous five draft classes have been reviewed and each pick has been assigned a grade.

"A" and "B" grades were given to players who showed, or have shown, steady improvement since being drafted. "A-graded" players have become impact players on either offense or defense.

A "C" grade was given to any player who was average in his abilities on the field but has yet to show marked improvement, or failed to do so, while with the team. 

"D" and "F" grades were given to players who were unable to adjust to the level of competition in the NFL and were, or currently are, lacking consistent production.

Since sixth- and seventh-ound picks are rarely expected to have much of an impact, each of those picks were awarded at least a "C" grade.

In order to determine the overall grade for each draft class, the average grade for each player in that class was used to determine the grade as a whole. 

Here is our re-grading of the Chicago Bears' past five drafts.

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