Ryan Pace's success in the NFL draft has been a big reason for the Bears success.
The team's home-grown talent is developing and bolstering the roster on both side of the ball, even in their first season.
The 2018 class of rookies produced a few starters and a few more regular contributors, receiving an "A-minus" grade from NFL.com's rookie grades.
"Few clubs reaped a better haul from the first two rounds of the 2018 draft than Chicago," Jeremy Bergman wrote.
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He also gave Bilal Nichols the credit he deserved for his surprising season on the defensive line.
The only team that received a higher grade for their rookie class was the Indianapolis Colts, with a full "A" grade, and no other team in the NFC North was higher than a "B."