Saturday's three picks brought the Bears' 2017 draft class to five players, after the team caught almost everyone by surprise by trading up for quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, then selecting tight end Adam Shaheen in the second round. Shaheen - a former basketball player - packed on 80 pounds after high school, measuring at 6-foot-6, 278 pounds during February's National Football League combine.
"His accuracy jumps out right away, his ability to process and see the whole field jumps out right away", Pace said. He set the single-season the school's single-season record for yards passing (3,748), touchdowns (30) and total offense (4,056) in 2016.
Most experts are predicting the Bears will take a defensive player.
"People are going to say a lot of things, and they're going to try to break you down and make negative comments, especially about the 13 starts and what I can't do". Pace had been involved while working with the New Orleans personnel department when former basketball player Jimmy Graham was drafted, and Graham had been a basketball player.
Ultimately, Shaheen is a very raw player with a ton of upside considering his size-speed ratio at the tight end position.
According to ESPN.com's Jeff Dickerson, some fans inside the United Center booed the Chicago Bears' first-round pick when his picture was shown in the arena.
The Bears will enter the final day with four picks: two in the fourth round and one each in the fifth and sixth rounds. Instead, they made a surprising move by swapping picks with San Francisco and giving the 49ers a third- and fourth-round choice this year and a third-rounder next year, too.
The details of how the trade went down will always be unknown.
As a result, the Bears pulled a stunner, taking UNC quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, considered to be the target of the Cleveland Browns with the No. 12 pick, at No. 2.
They also have seven picks remaining over the next two days, including No. 52 in the second round.
The Cardinals drafted Washington safety Budda Baker at No. 36. The Bears haven't had more than one interception from a safety since 2014 and a year ago tied for next to last in the National Football League with eight interceptions.