Revewing Past Bears Drafts Series; 2010

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    Reviewing the Bears' drafts: 2010
    April, 15, 2014
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    By Michael C. Wright | ESPN.com

    Here's Part 2 of our series reviewing the past five drafts of the Chicago Bears.

    In 2010, the Bears entered the draft without a first-round pick as part of the trade to acquire Jay Cutler, and the club had also given up its second-round pick for that year in a trade that brought aboard defensive end Gaines Adams.

    First-round pick: None

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    Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/MCTMajor Wright collected 100 tackles and two interceptions for the Bears last season.

    Number of picks: 6

    How they did: Not well considering the limited amount of picks the club held. This was Jerry Angelo’s second-to-last draft as Chicago’s general manager, and his selections in 2010 certainly played a role in his eventual dismissal. Of the five picks from that class, three -- safety Major Wright, defensive end Corey Wootton and offensive tackle J'Marcus Webb -- did all eventually land starting roles. Two of players from the class -- cornerback Joshua Moore and quarterback Dan LeFevour -- are no longer in the NFL.

    Pivotal pick: The Bears spent the first two rounds as spectators, but going into the draft they needed help at safety. So Angelo used the team's first pick to take Wright (third round, 75th overall), and early on, he appeared to be a solid selection. Wright played in 11 games as a rookie after missing five games early on because of a hamstring injury. Wright became a starter in 2011 (78 tackles, three interceptions), and in 2012, he put together such a solid season (92 tackles, four interceptions) that it led to even higher expectations in 2013. Like the majority of players on defense, Wright struggled in 2013. He signed a one-year deal on April 8 to rejoin former Bears coach Lovie Smith in Tampa Bay.

    Best pick: That’s a tough call between Wright and Wootton. Wootton probably gets the nod here because, although he’s played fairly well the past two seasons, it appears the defensive end hasn't yet reached his full potential. Wootton struggled to get onto the field his first two seasons because of injuries, but finally played a complete season in 2012 and contributed seven sacks. Wootton became a starter in 2013, and produced 34 tackles and three sacks, while flashing versatility by playing defensive tackle and defensive end due to the club’s injury situation along the defensive line. Wootton is recovering from arthroscopic hip surgery, but if the rehabilitation goes well, he should continue to develop.

    Worst pick: Cutler would probably say it was Webb, considering all the punishment he subjected the quarterback to as a starter. But remember, Webb was a seventh-round pick. So expectations weren’t extremely high when the Bears drafted him, and it was actually somewhat of a bonus that Webb developed into a starter. LeFevour was the team’s worse pick of the class (although running back Harvey Unga deserves mention, too) because it was quite apparent early on that he was in over his head as an NFL quarterback -- especially trying to play in the complex scheme of former offensive coordinator Mike Martz. The Bears waived LeFevour after the 2010 preseason, and he signed with the Cincinnati Bengals the next day. LeFevour has also spent time with the Indianapolis Colts and the Jacksonville Jaguars, but has never thrown a pass in a regular-season game. LeFevour is currently playing with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.
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    Was this one any better than 2009? We were out the second of our two first round picks that had been spent on Cutler and also for the second year in a row the second that was spent on Gaines who unfortunately died before ever making an impact. No one in his family seemed to be aware of his heart condition and it's possible the NFL didn't either so I guess we can chalk this up to plain bad luck on one hand but it did bring about the need to sign Pep as a FA.

    As far as the third round goes I think Major Wright was the "booby prize" at Safety after GB nabbed Morgan Brunett in front of us. I think Brunett is the guy JA really wanted. This kind of reminds me of 2008 draft when Denver took Clady and we took CWill. The outcome appears to be similar. Wright's biggest problems have less to do with his talent then they seem to with his lack of consistency and his lack of instincts as well.

    Wootton? Hard to tell how good he may have been if he hadn't spent his first two years on IR. He wasn't a bad pick for a fourth rounder but he never achieved anything more than being a fairly solid core player. We'll have to see how he does up in Minny before any final judgment can be made. Moore contributed little and LeFevour was nabbed from our PS so that was a loss of both player and pick.

    JWebb? Let's not go there. OK lets. He was a 7th round pick so we shouldn't have expected much and in reality didn't get it either than Tice's promises that the kid had star quality. Unfortunately he ran out of pixie dust after sprinkling it over the cheeseburger eating oaf for three years and getting little back out of him. Anyway, Cutler's best buddy is gone now and he's a much happier dude these days and REALLY appreciates Bushrod so much more.
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    These are brutal to read. I'll be waking up in a cold sweat tonight screaming. It's enough to give a guy flashbacks and panic attacks.
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    :alright: Poor guy. But everything's alright now that Uncle Phil is in charge. :4 6 218v[1]:

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