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.
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.