Reviewing the Bears previous drafts

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    Reviewing the Bears' drafts: 2010
    April, 15, 2014
    Apr 159:00AM ETBy Michael C. Wright | ESPN.com Recommend0Tweet0Comments0EmailPrintHere'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

    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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    Reviewing the Bears' drafts: 2009
    April, 14, 2014

    The NFL draft is quickly approaching, but we're still about a month out from Phil Emery's third draft as general manager of the Chicago Bears.

    As we get closer to May, we'll start getting into Chicago's potential plans. But for right now, let's take a look at the club's past five drafts, starting with 2009 under former general manager Jerry Angelo. The Bears selected five players that started games, but interestingly not one of those players remain on the team.

    Remember, this 2009 draft came after the Bears traded for quarterback Jay Cutler, a transaction that required the team giving up three picks (two first-round selections and a third-round choice).

    First-round pick: None

    Number of picks: 9

    How they did: Fairly well, given the limitations imposed by the Cutler trade. Of the nine picks the club made, starting with the third-round selection of defensive tackle Jarron Gilbert, five actually started games for the Bears and one -- receiver Johnny Knox -- made the Pro Bowl as a rookie. In fact, the club drafted two eventual Pro Bowlers in Knox and defensive tackle Henry Melton. Too bad, however, that Gilbert didn't play football as well as he could jump out of a swimming pool. The team's first pick of the 2009 draft, Gilbert played in just four games for the Bears and by 2010 he had been waived. Gilbert joined the Jets in 2010 and has also spent time with the Buffalo Bills. But he's been out of the league since 2012.

    Pivotal pick: Gilbert certainly fits the description here because he was the team's first pick, meaning the Bears needed to acquire an impact prospect after trading away a first and a third in the Cutler deal, in addition to the second-round pick to Seattle. Gilbert gained some fame going into the draft for a YouTube video in which he was seen jumping out of a pool, but on the field with the Bears he never accomplished anything quite as impressive. Angelo definitely whiffed on this pick, as well as the next one: receiver Juaquin Iglesias.

    Best pick: Knox could have easily earned this designation, but his career was cut short prematurely by a horrific back injury. So Melton gets the call here. Melton was taken in the fourth round as a defensive end and ended up sitting out his entire rookie season because of a hamstring injury. Melton contributed at defensive end and defensive tackle in 2010 in a reserve role. When Melton switched over to defensive tackle full time in 2011, he started in all 15 games he played, led all NFC players at his position sacks (7) and tied for third in sacks among all defensive tackles in the NFL. Then in 2012, Melton made the Pro Bowl after generating six sacks and 33 tackles, which landed him an $8.45 million contract as the team's franchise player. Melton then missed the majority of the 2013 season due to a torn ACL, and signed with the Dallas Cowboys in free agency.

    Worst pick: Gilbert is in the running, but Iglesias (No. 99 overall) was perhaps the worst of the class. As a rookie, Iglesias was active for only one game, and in 2010 the Minnesota Vikings signed him off the Bears' practice squad. Iglesias was one of three receivers drafted by the Bears in 2009, and served as a reminder for the club's struggles at that time at that position. Chicago traded for one of the league's top quarterbacks that offseason, but never gave him any real weapons in the draft until Emery selected Alshon Jeffery in 2012. Iglesias, meanwhile, spent 2013 in the Canadian Football League and signed to play with the Helsinki Wolverines of the American Football Association of Finland.
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    lord this is just embarassing. So glad clown school graduated and we finally have actual GM worth a damn. He worries me some, but nothing like JA and Lovie did.
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    It actually worries me that JA didn't worry me more :lol 027:
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    I'd agree that LeFevour was easily the worst pick, and there's a story that goes along with that, and it's not pretty. Before selecting LeFervour, the Bears had a running back they liked on the phone, and actually told him he would be the selection. Between the time that phone call ended and the time the Bears handed in their card, something had changed, and the young running back was surprised and disappointed that his name was not called. He was eventually called in the 6th round......by (who else) the Packers. And Buffalo's James Starks has just signed another contract with them.

    This draft-day nightmare memory, like so many others, was brought to you by Jerry Angelo.
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    I do not recall that but would put nothing past JA and Lovie. I refer to them as twiddley Dee and twiddley Dumb, I know which ones Dee and I know ......
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    Here's the story:

    James Starks was almost a Chicago Bear

    Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on January 11, 2011, 7:32 PM EDT

    James Starks’ breakout game for the Packers almost never happened because he was this close to becoming a member of the Chicago Bears.

    Bears G.M. Jerry Angelo confirmed to ESPNChicago.com’s Michael C. Wright that the Bears called Starks to tell them they were drafting him in the sixth round. Angelo changed his mind at the last minute, instead picking Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour. (Doh.)

    The story came to light Tuesday from former Bears director of college scouting Greg Gabriel, who now writes for NFP. Starks was taken 12 picks later by the Packers. Angelo said that he felt bad for playing with Starks’ emotions, but was now happy for his success.

    Angelo may feel less charitable if Starks lights up the Bears in the NFC Championship.



    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/01/11/james-starks-was-almost-a-chicago-bear/
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    add into that the Balt fiasco and it's just 2 issues that were well deserving of the team firing JA.
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    THANK GOD ITS OVER !!!

    Now ... concerning the 2014 CHICAGO BEARS ...

    now when do we get on ... to getting on ...

    TO KICKING SOME MAJOR KICKING ASS ???
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    That's nice Jerry. Starks says he is also happy for your success. oh.... wait....
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    anyone have the spare time to look back and find the guys in the mid rounds that never played a snap that they drafted? Okwo and Bauzine and I think there is like 1 or 2 more. Davorchek the great white hype was a total bust, I cannot even remember all the S's...aaarrrrgh!!!
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    I forgot about Davorcheck. I was excited about him too :cry:
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    lol Julio Iglasious, wasn't that his name, man just awfull pick after awfull pick.
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    Those of us old enough might remember David Terrell, whom the Bears selected with the 8th overall pick. Can't blame Jerry for that one, although it just feels like something he'd do......:haha:
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