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Chicago Bears' draft rewind: 2013

A new chapter begins in Chicago Bears' history when first-year general manager Ryan Pace oversees the club’s 2015 NFL draft which starts on Thursday. For every general manager, the draft is the most important building block towards becoming a perennial playoff contender. Organizations that hit on the bulk of their draft picks tend to sustain success. Franchises with poor draft records often cycle through front office members and coaches at a rapid rate.

Here is the second in a series of three recaps of how the Bears fared under former general manager Phil Emery.

Year: 2013

Total picks: 6

Left on the roster: 6

First round: Kyle Long, OG, Oregon – 31 games played (31 starts), Pro Bowl 2013, ’14. An outstanding selection. Long is a two-time Pro Bowl right guard with ability to move outside to tackle. He is a vocal leader and fan favorite. Long’s best football is ahead of him.

Second round: Jon Bostic, LB, Florida – 29 games played (17 starts), 203.5 tackles, two sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery. The jury is still out on this pick. Bostic has decent durability and production, but has been the middle linebacker on two terrible defenses. He is often in the wrong spot in run support. On the other hand, Bostic is extremely athletic. It will be interesting to see how the Bears plan to use Bostic in the 3-4.

Fourth round: Khaseem Greene, LB, Rutgers – 25 games played (six starts), 60.5 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble. Greene was inactive five times last season and did not play vs. Detroit in Week 16. His future is uncertain. He needs a good preseason to make the team.

Fifth round: Jordan Mills, OT, Louisiana Tech – 29 games played (29 starts). In one of the steals on the draft, Mills started all 16 games his rookie year, but suffered a nasty foot injury in pregame warm-ups vs. Green Bay in Week 17 and dealt with foot problems most of the following season. There is concern Mills might never fully recover. He is a feisty player when healthy.

Sixth round: Cornelius Washington, DE, Georgia – 15 games played seven tackles and one sack. Washington emerged on special teams with seven tackles in 2014. He is an intriguing raw prospect. He has good size, speed and length. But he has not had much production in two seasons.

Seventh round: Marquess Wilson, WR, Washington State – 17 games played (seven starts), 19 receptions for 153 yards and one touchdown. Wilson appeared on the verge of a big season until he fractured his collarbone last summer at training camp. He missed first nine games and still has potential (6-foot-4), but expectations are much lower entering 2015.