The Chicago Bears got a lot out of their 2015 draft class, considering they only had six picks and their first-rounder never played.
Moving forward, the Bears need this class to serve as a core around which the team can build with free agents and future draft picks. These players will be the foundation for the championship-caliber team general manager Ryan Pace eventually wants to build for head coach John Fox.
Read about each of the six players selected in last year’s draft below, then vote for the one with the most promising future in the poll at the bottom of the page.
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Kevin White, wide receiver
Round/pick: First/seventh overall
College: West Virginia
White did not play in a single game in 2015. He had surgery on his shin in August and spent the entire season on the physically unable to perform list, although he did practice with the team for three weeks near the end of the year. The 6-foot-3, 217-pound receiver may still be a legitimate difference-maker in the passing game, but he needs to prove that on the game field.
Eddie Goldman, nose tackle
Round/pick: Second/39th overall
College: Florida State
The Bears needed an anchor for their 3-4 defense, and Goldman got the job done as a rookie. He played in every game except for the season finale, starting 12 of them. The 332-pound interior lineman recorded 4.5 sacks, giving fans hope that he’ll return to his dominant form when he recovers from an ankle injury that ended his first season a week short.
Hroniss Grasu, center
Round/pick: Third/71st overall
Grasu wasn’t expected to start, but he was thrust into the lineup after starting center Will Montgomer landed on injured reserve with a broken leg. He started eight games, missing four with neck and knee injuries. In those games, Matt Slauson had to slide over to center from left guard and Patrick Omameh had to come off the bench to fill his spot. The Bears are counting on Grasu to eventually anchor the interior offensive line.
Bears running back Jeremy Langford scored seven touchdowns as a rookie.
Jeremy Langford, running back
Round/pick: Fourth/106th overall
College: Michigan State
Langford was surprisingly productive for a fourth-round rookie. He played in all 16 games (two starts), splitting time with starting running back Matt Forte. The 24-year-old back finished the season with over 800 yards of offense on 170 total touches. Langford also scored seven touchdowns (six rushing, one receiving), giving Bears fans hope for a potential future without Forte.
Adrian Amos, safety
Round/pick: Fifth/142nd overall
College: Penn State
The only rookie who started all 16 games for the Bears was Amos, who finished third on the team with 67 tackles (57 solo, one for a loss). He also recorded a sack and defended two passes. Amos did all this without much help in the defensive backfield; veteran safety Antrel Rolle was supposed to show him the ropes, but ankle and knee injuries limited him to seven appearances in 2015.
Tayo Fabuluje, offensive tackle
Round/pick: Sixth/183rd overall
Fabuluje is 6-foot-6, 342 pound tackle who played in four games as a rookie. He also served a four-game PED suspension and, by the end of the season, was a healthy scratch. Although he has the size to start on the edge, Fabuluje must make some strides during the offseason in order to make that happen.