Chicago Bears: The 5 Best Players the Bears Have Passed on in Recent Drafts

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Chicago Bears: The 5 Best Players the Bears Have Passed on in Recent Drafts
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Like all NFL teams, the Chicago Bears have had their share of draft busts. Even worse than choosing an ineffective draft pick is passing on future All-Pro talent.

Some NFL drafts are loaded with NFL-quality talent, so no matter which players a general manager settles on, there will always be undervalued talent taken in later rounds who turn out to be stars.

Six-time pro bowler, Tom Brady, was passed on by many teams in the 2000 NFL draft, going to the New England Patriots as the 199th overall pick.

The job of scouting, and picking talent that will have a lasting impact in the NFL, is not an easy one.

The Bears have done well with some of their draft picks in the last decade. They are, however, no strangers to draft busts, especially in recent years under general manager Jerry Angelo.

For every smart pick the Bears have made, such as Lance Briggs, Matt Forte, and Devin Hester, there have been not so successful picks, like Mark Bradley, Michael Haynes, and David Terrell.

Looking back at successful NFL players that teams have passed on is a somewhat unfair exercise. While executives like Jerry Angelo get paid handsomely to scout talent and to have a good idea of who is NFL-ready, it's not an exact science.

Having the benefit of hindsight makes us all armchair general managers who think that we know it all.

With that in mind, let's look at the five best players that the Bears have taken a pass on in recent years.

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