Chicago Bears' 2017 draft class: Kiper's grades, McShay's best pick, more
NFL Draft Insiders
Posted: 2017-05-01

The 2017 NFL draft is over, and it's time to review how your favorite team fared. Where did it reach? Did it get a potential steal in Round 5? Is there a bust waiting to happen?

ESPN Insider's draft experts break down each draft class, starting with Mel Kiper Jr.'s grade, Todd McShay's favorite pick, and Scouts Inc.'s analysis on how each player fits into his new team.



Chicago Bears

Mel Kiper's Draft Grade: C+

Kiper: Chicago's class is all about quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. The question is whether the current coaching staff will get to experience it. The Bears gave up a decent amount to move up just one slot in the draft to assure they'd get Trubisky, and passed on a couple of really good defensive players in Jamal Adams and Solomon Thomas. I said on Thursday night that I get why they targeted Trubisky, but I don't understand giving up what it took to move up one spot. Chicago gave up pick Nos. 3, 67 and 111 this year and a third-round pick in 2018 to San Francisco. That's just a huge haul for the 49ers, who you'll find on the opposite end of these grades. So now you have a case in which Mike Glennon appears to be getting a one-year audition as starter, and the Bears will bring along Trubisky slowly, but there are bigger needs elsewhere on the roster. And with only five picks total, it was tough to fill those.

In the rest of the class, Chicago added Division II tight end Adam Shaheen, one of my favorite players in the class. At 6-foot-6, 278, Shaheen is a mammoth target who dominated the GLIAC but will have a learning curve. Converted corner Eddie Jackson should compete with Adrian Amos and Quintin Demps at safety, and I like Tarik Cohen and Jordan Morgan as developmental guys with high ceilings. But, again, it's tough to have a higher grade with only five picks.

The Bears paid a lot for a bridge QB in free agency, and now they've paid up to get the QB on the other side of that bridge. John Fox has a major challenge ahead of him, because he probably won't get much from this class in the short term.

ROUND/PICK NAME POS COLLEGE
1/2 Mitchell Trubisky QB NORTH CAROLINA
2/45 Adam Shaheen TE ASHLAND UNIVERSITY
4/112 Eddie Jackson S ALABAMA
4/119 Tarik Cohen RB NORTH CAROLINA A&T
5/147 Jordan Morgan G KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY



Todd McShay's favorite pick

Adam Shaheen, TE, Ashland (pick No. 45)

The Bears needed an infusion of youth at tight end with Zach Miller turning 33 this season and coming off an injury. Shaheen, who ran an impressive 4.79 40 at 278 pounds, has the tools to develop into a difference-making starter in the NFL. What I liked most about this move: The Bears could've taken Shaheen at pick No. 36, but they traded down to 45, picking up an extra fourth-rounder (RB Tarik Cohen) and a 2018 fourth.

Scouts Inc. on 2017 class

1 (2) Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina | Highlights

What he brings: Only was a one-year starter (13 career starts) and will need time to develop and hone his craft. He's an accurate passer with the frame and quality pocket awareness, mobility and arm strength to develop into an effective NFL starter. -- Kevin Weidl

How he fits: The Bears traded up one spot, and now hope that they have found their quarterback of the future. This ends up being a good landing spot for Trubisky, who was a one-year starter (13 total starts) at North Carolina and lacks ideal experience. He should have time to develop his game after Chicago signed QB Mike Glennon in free agency. -- Kevin Weidl



2 (13) Adam Shaheen, TE, Ashland | Highlights

What he brings: Shaheen is a former college basketball player who dominated the Division II ranks and is one of the highest-ranked small school players in this 2017 class. He has an exceptional combination of size and athleticism while also showing quality run-after-the-catch ability. -- Kevin Weidl

How he fits: TE Zach Miller turns 33 this year and is coming off of a Lisfranc foot injury, so the Bears needed to infuse youth at the position. Chicago provides first-round pick Mitchell Trubisky with a big and athletic safety blanket he can grow together with. -- Kevin Weidl



4 (5) Eddie Jackson, S, Alabama | Highlights

What he brings: Jackson isn't a physical run stopper and he has durability questions, but the former corner is a ball hawk with above-average cover skills. He's also dangerous with the ball in his hands, returning two punts for touchdowns last year. -- Steve Muench



4 (13) Tarik Cohen, RB, North Carolina A&T | Highlights

What he brings: Cohen's size will probably prevent him from developing into an NFL starter, but he's a playmaker with the skill set to develop into an effective complementary back. He could contribute on third down and make the most of the touches he gets. -- Kevin Weidl



5 (3) Jordan Morgan, OG, Kutztown

What he brings: Morgan played only half a season of football in high school, and it shows on tape. He's very raw. While Morgan might be a better fit at guard early on, he has the tools to provide depth and potentially start at right tackle with improved technique. -- Kevin Weidl



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