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Best/worst first-round picks since 2000: No. 2

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Here is the fourth in a five-part series examining the Chicago Bears' five best-and-worst first round draft choices since 2000.

No. 2 Best

Name: Kyle Long, OG, Oregon

Pick: 20

Year: 2013

Seasons with Bears: 2013-present

Summary: Phil Emery nailed the Long pick. Credit Emery and his college scouting department at the time for targeting Long at No. 20, despite his small body of work at Oregon (11 games, five starts). In two NFL seasons, Long has started 31 games and made two Pro Bowls. Long is one of the most popular and fan friendly players on the roster, not to mention a vocal leader inside the locker room. Long should be the cornerstone of the Bears' offensive line for the next decade, barring injury. He is expected to take an even larger leadership role in 2015 with the departure of respected veteran center Roberto Garza.

No. 2 Worst

Name: Cedric Benson

Pick: 4

Year: 2005

Seasons with Bears: 2005-07

Summary: The former No. 4 overall pick became a 1,000 yard rusher after he left the Bears, but Benson was a bust in Chicago. Benson spent two seasons in the shadows behind Thomas Jones, where he actually flashed some potential in 2006. However, when the Bears handed Benson the starting tailback job in 2007, he only rushed for 674 yards in 11 games (3.4 yards per carry). Benson also had chronic off-the-field trouble that hastened his demise in Chicago. After the Bears drafted Matt Forte in the second round in 2008, Benson became more trouble than he was worth. To his credit, Benson reinvented himself in Cincinnati, torching the Bears for 189 yards in 2009, but his reputation in Chicago is forever tarnished. Benson appeared in just 35 games for the Bears.