It might take a few years to properly assess a draft pick, but with the benefit of hindsight we can already say the reason the Bears aren't picking until Round 3 this time (the Khalil Mack trade) is a lot more satisfying. We can also confirm that neither Major Wright nor Jarron Gilbert made the cut for the best third-round draft picks in the Bears' modern history. And because we're only looking at drafts over the past 43 years, let us first mention legendary Don Meredith (1960) and Frank Broyles (1946).
Meredith is in the Hall of Fame and is considered by many "The Original Cowboy," after George Halas drafted him in Chicago essentially as a gift for the expansion Cowboys, who owned Meredith's rights. Broyles' greatest contribution to the Bears, who selected the ex-Georgia Tech quarterback in Round 3, came as an administrator at University of Arkansas, where he recruited a kid out of Jacksonville Arkansas with only two years of high school experience named Dan Hampton.
With that here are the best third-round draft picks in the Bears' modern-era history.