The Chicago Bears surprised a lot of folks on Sunday by beating the San Francisco 49ers in the season-opener.

Chicago’s 19-10 win wasn’t pretty, but there were plenty of signs that this team is on the right track under new head coach Matt Eberflus.

There were also a couple of signs that Ryan Poles is an elite general manager.

Poles hasn’t been in Chicago long — he was hired in late January to replace Ryan Pace — but his fingerprints are already all over this team.

The former Kansas City Chiefs director of player personnel is currently taking the Bears through a massive rebuild.

And that rebuild is off to a good start thanks to Poles’ impressive draft haul earlier this spring.

Despite the fact that Chicago didn’t have a first-round pick this year, Poles still managed to hit on several players that had an immediate impact in week one for the Bears.

Three of Poles’ draft picks played every single snap against the 49ers — not something you expect from non-first-round picks.

Additionally, defensive end Dominque Robinson, a fifth-round pick by the Bears, totaled seven tackles and 1.5 sacks.

This is an incredibly great sign for the future of the Bears under Poles.

Free agency and trades are obviously an important part of building a championship roster.

But the foundation of any championship team is built mainly through the draft. When a team consistently hits on draft picks, it gives franchises financial flexibility to improve in other areas. Teams that hit on draft picks often are the teams that usually find sustained success, which is what Chicago is going for under Poles.

One reason that Poles had success in this draft is because of his background as a scout (Poles was a scouting assistant/scouting coordinator/director of scouting for a decade with the Chiefs). That should continue to be a benefit for the Bears moving forward.

It’s cliché, but the future truly is bright in Chicago with Poles at the helm.

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