The Chicago Bears are an American football franchise based in Chicago, Illinois. They are members of the NFC North, a division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). Every year in Spring, the NFL hosts a collegiate draft, commonly known as the "NFL Draft". Franchises that did poorly the season prior are favored in the draft, with the order determined by record. The team with the worst record picks first, then in reverse order. The order of playoff teams is determined by round eliminated, with the team with the worst record eliminated in each round selecting first among the eliminated teams, similar to the order for non-playoff teams. The winner of the previous season's Super Bowl selects last in the first round. Teams may trade draft picks for players, money, or other picks.

[a] The Bears first selection was Joe Stydahar, a tackle from the University of West Virginia, who is inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and their most recent first-round selection was Justin Fields, a quarterback from Ohio State. They have not had first-round selections a total of eight times, most recently in 2022, and have only selected the number-one overall pick in the draft twice, choosing Tom Harmon in 1941 and Bob Fenimore in 1947. The team's six selections from the University of Texas are the most chosen by the Bears from one program. Nine of their first-round selections have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


Position Key
Abbreviation Position Abbreviation Position Abbreviation Position
B Back K Kicker NT Nose tackle
C Center LB Linebacker FB Fullback
DB Defensive back P Punter HB Halfback
DE Defensive end QB Quarterback WR Wide receiver
DT Defensive tackle RB Running back G Guard
E End T Offensive tackle TE Tight end

Symbol Key
Symbol Meaning
^ Member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
 *  Selected number one overall
Selected for the Pro Bowl at any time in their career
No draft pick that year
Year Each year links to an article about that particular NFL Draft
Pick Number of the pick within the first round
Position Position of the player
College Attended college

Player selections

Brian Urlacher was the Bears' first-round pick in 2000.
Brian Urlacher was the Bears' first-round pick in 2000.
Rex Grossman, selected in 2003, is the third-most recent quarterback selected in the first round
Rex Grossman, selected in 2003, is the third-most recent quarterback selected in the first round
Cedric Benson was selected in 2004 with the fourth overall pick.
Cedric Benson was selected in 2004 with the fourth overall pick.
Greg Olsen was the Bears' first round pick in 2007.
Greg Olsen was the Bears' first round pick in 2007.
Gabe Carimi was selected in the first round in 2011.
Gabe Carimi was selected in the first round in 2011.
Chicago Bears first-round draft picks[c][d]
Year Pick Player name Position College Notes
1936 6 Joe Stydahar ^ T West Virginia [e]
1937 6 Les McDonald E Nebraska
1938 10 Joe Gray HB Oregon State
1939 2 Sid Luckman ^ QB Columbia [e]
6 Bill Osmanski FB Holy Cross
1940 7 Clyde Turner ^ C/LB Hardin-Simmons [e]
1941 1 Tom Harmon* HB Michigan [f]
3 Norm Standlee FB Stanford
9 Don Scott HB Ohio State
1942 10 Frankie Albert QB Stanford
1943 9 Bob Steuber HB Missouri
1944 9 Ray Evans HB Kansas
1945 11 Don Lund HB Michigan
1946 4 Johnny Lujack QB Notre Dame
1947 1 Bob Fenimore* HB Oklahoma A&M [f]
11 Dick Kindt HB Wisconsin
1948 3 Bobby Layne ^ QB Texas [e]
10 Max Bumgardner DE Texas
1949 11 Dick Harris C Texas
1950 3 Chuck Hunsinger HB Florida [g]
10 Fred Morrison HB Ohio State
1951 2 Bob Williams QB Notre Dame [h]
10 Billy Stone HB Bradley
12 Gene Schroeder WR Virginia
1952 8 Jim Dooley E/HB Miami
1953 6 Billy Anderson HB Compton JC
1954 6 Stan Wallace HB Illinois
1955 11 Ron Drzewiecki HB Marquette
1956 10 Menan Schriewer E Texas
1957 13 Earl Leggett DT LSU
1958 7 Chuck Howley LB West Virginia
1959 7 Don Clark HB Ohio State
1960 7 Roger Davis G Syracuse
1961 5 Mike Ditka ^ TE Pittsburgh [e]
1962 7 Ronnie Bull RB Baylor
1963 11 Dave Behrman C Michigan State [i]
1964 14 Dick Evey DT Tennessee
1965 3 Dick Butkus ^ LB Illinois [e]
4 Gale Sayers ^ HB Kansas [e]
6 Steve DeLong DE Tennessee [j]
1966 12 George Rice DT LSU
1967 10 Loyd Phillips DE Arkansas
1968 16 Mike Hull FB USC
1969 14 Rufus Mayes T Ohio State
1970 No pick [k]
1971 11 Joe Moore RB Missouri
1972 3 Lionel Antoine T Southern Illinois [l]
12 Craig Clemons S Iowa
1973 8 Wally Chambers DT Eastern Kentucky [f]
1974 4 Waymond Bryant LB Tennessee State
20 Dave Gallagher DE Michigan [m]
1975 4 Walter Payton ^ HB Jackson State [e]
1976 8 Dennis Lick T Wisconsin [n]
1977 15 Ted Albrecht T California
1978 No pick [k]
1979 4 Dan Hampton ^ DT Arkansas [e]
9 Al Harris DE Arizona State
1980 19 Otis Wilson LB Louisville
1981 11 Keith Van Horne T USC
1982 5 Jim McMahon QB BYU
1983 6 Jim Covert ^ T Pittsburgh [e]
18 Willie Gault WR Tennessee [o]
1984 11 Wilber Marshall LB Florida
1985 22 William Perry DT Clemson
1986 27 Neal Anderson RB Florida
1987 26 Jim Harbaugh QB Michigan
1988 23 Brad Muster FB Stanford
27 Wendell Davis WR LSU [p]
1989 11 Donnell Woolford CB Clemson
12 Trace Armstrong DE Florida
1990 6 Mark Carrier S USC
1991 22 Stan Thomas T Texas
1992 22 Alonzo Spellman DE Ohio State
1993 7 Curtis Conway WR USC
1994 11 John Thierry DE Alcorn State
1995 21 Rashaan Salaam RB Colorado
1996 13 Walt Harris CB Mississippi State
1997 No pick [k]
1998 5 Curtis Enis RB Penn State
1999 12 Cade McNown QB UCLA [q]
2000 9 Brian Urlacher ^ LB New Mexico [e]
2001 8 David Terrell WR Michigan
2002 29 Marc Colombo T Boston College
2003 14 Michael Haynes DE Penn State [r]
22 Rex Grossman QB Florida
2004 14 Tommie Harris DT Oklahoma
2005 4 Cedric Benson RB Texas
2006 No pick [k]
2007 31 Greg Olsen TE Miami
2008 14 Chris Williams T Vanderbilt
2009 No pick [k]
2010 No pick
2011 29 Gabe Carimi T Wisconsin
2012 19 Shea McClellin DE Boise State
2013 20 Kyle Long T Oregon
2014 14 Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech
2015 7 Kevin White WR West Virginia
2016 9 Leonard Floyd LB Georgia
2017 2 Mitchell Trubisky QB North Carolina
2018 8 Roquan Smith LB Georgia
2019 No pick [k]
2020 No pick
2021 11 Justin Fields QB Ohio State
2022 No pick [k]