Even without top pick Kevin White, the Bears’ six-person 2015 draft class did not disappoint.
In the opinion of ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr., the Bears’ rookie class still deserves a B-plus grade. Kiper also awarded the Bears’ class a B-plus immediately after the draft.
Kiper is particularly high on fifth-round pick Amos, who held on to the starting free safety job since the second week of the preseason. Amos led the team in tackles after coaches reviewed the film each week.
Amos is definitely a future building block on defense, along with nose tackle Goldman, who recorded 4.5 sacks before he landed on injured reserve in Week 17.
But the true star of the group is likely Langford, who finished the season with 816 all-purpose yards and seven touchdowns playing behind veteran tailback Matt Forte.
In a game at St. Louis on Nov. 15, Langford became just the third rookie in NFL history with at least 70 rushing yards, a touchdown run, 100 receiving yards and a touchdown catch in the same game.
Langford, a former Michigan State standout, is expected to have a larger role on offense in 2016.
Grasu – selected in the third round out of Oregon – is probably already penciled in to be the club’ starting center next year.
“I think all those guys played a lot, which is going to benefit us going forward,” Pace said at his end-of-the-year news conference. “I would say yeah, we're very happy with the draft class, and then beyond that, some of the college free agents, too. Those guys had extensive play time, and there's nothing that can replicate that. And then we've got Kevin coming back. Next year, he'll be full-speed for the offseason program, and that's going to be obviously a huge component for that draft class. But yeah, we’re very happy with it."