The 10 best draft choices by the Bears since 2000

Brian Urlacher was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018. [Image Source: Flickr | william.montross]
Brian Urlacher was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018. [Image Source: Flickr | william.montross]

Brian Urlacher was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018 and is the obvious choice to head this list.

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After looking at the best recent draft picks for 31 teams, it's now time to look at the last team remaining: the Bears. They won't select until the 87th pick in this month's draft after trading both their first-round pick (in Khalil Mack deal) and their second-round pick (traded up in the draft last season to select Anthony Miller). R.J. Sanders, of CBS Sports, has them taking running back Miles Sanders out of Penn State with that pick.

The Bears have only made the playoffs five times since 2000, and they missed out for seven straight years before making it last season. They did reach the Super Bowl though in the 2006 season, and half the players on this list were on that team.

Note: Only time with the Bears is considered for this list. Where they were drafted (and how long they played for the team) makes a difference - meaning this isn't exactly a - top-ten players drafted by Chicago since 2000 - list. As a subjective list, there is plenty of room for debate. Some late-round draft picks that didn't quite make the list but had solid careers with the team include Michael Green (seventh round, 2000), Alex Brown (fourth round, 2002), Nathan Vasher (fourth round, 2004), Kyle Orton (fourth round, 2005), Chris Harris (sixth round, 2005), Mark Anderson (fifth round, 2006), Henry Melton (fourth round, 2009), Johnny Knox (fifth round, 2009), J'Marcus Webb (seventh round, 2010), Adrian Amos (fifth round, 2015), Jordan Howard (fifth round, 2016), Eddie Jackson (fourth round, 2017), and Tarik Cohen (fourth round, 2017).

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Brian Urlacher, LB - 1st round, 9th overall (2000); time with Bears: 2000-2012

The 2005 Defensive Player of the Year, Urlacher was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018. The eight-time Pro Bowler had nine seasons with over 100 tackles and finished his career with 41.5 sacks and 22 interceptions.

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Lance Briggs, LB - 3rd round, 68th overall (2003); time with Bears; 2003-2014

Starting 170 games with the Bears, Briggs was named to seven straight Pro Bowls from 2005-2011. From 2004-2012, eight of the nine seasons he finished with over 100 tackles.

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