The Bears are expected to start the Draft Weekend with a total of five selections and none before the end of the third round. The expectations of adding impact individuals are modest when the first shift scheduled on the clock does not arrive until Friday night, number 87 in general.
But maybe expectations should not be so modest.
After all, 22 members of the NFL Hall of Fame were selected in the third round. Nine were from the fourth round, seven from the fifth (the Bears got one of those), and nine from the seventh, not counting dozens of subsequent rounds when the draft was eight, 12 and up to 30 selections, and free agents not recruited .
The obvious key is "upside down", which teams crave in each selection, regardless of the round. To land those perspectives, jumps of varying degrees of faith are required.
Former general manager Jerry Angelo used to make high selections operating from a "floor" philosophy: a player who projected to be "at least" as good or as good. But the grand slams in the intermediate rounds are those that go far, far beyond their preliminary grades: Joe Montana (3), Steve Largent (4), Kevin Greene (5), Shannon Sharpe (7).
Or, putting it in contexts of position of most relevant Bears: RB Curtis Martin (3); DE / LB Charles Haley (4); CB Dick LeBeau (5); Rayfield Wright (7).
Bears have not performed well in truncated drafts. They finished with five selections in three of their last nine drafts, but they only produced differentiators in 2017 (Mitchell Trubisky, Eddie Jackson, Tarik Cohen). The drafts of 2010 and 2011 gave them initial security (Chris Conte, Major Wright) but practically nothing of real impact.
Even so, it is a poor craftsman who blames his tools, and the explorers and personnel chiefs of the Bears have made choices that modify the franchise. Consequently, NBC Sports Chicago identified the templates of three examples for the main draft successes for those selections 3-4-5-7-7, expanding the scope of the possible, so to speak:
Lance Briggs LB, '03 7 Pro Bowls for teammate Urlacher
Dave Duerson S, & # 39; 83 Super Bowl sounds with bears, giants
Olin Kreutz C, '98 6 Pro Bowls for the best C in the franchise
Honorable Mention: WR Marty Booker, C Jerry Fontenot
Erich Barnes CB, '58 6x Pro Bowl'er, (but only 1 with Bears)
Doug Buffone LB, '66 1,200+ tkl, 24 INT
Jim Nance RB, '65 2x AFL All-Pro, AFL (chose AFL over Bears)
Honorable Mention: Alex Brown & # 39; 02, Kevin Butler K, & # 39; 85, Eddie Jackson S, Tarik Cohen RB, & # 39; 17
Allen Ellis CB, '73 1-2 with Charles Tillman as the best Bears of the Bears
Jordan Howard RB, & # 39; 16 rush of 2x 1,000 yards now an Eagle
Stan Jones G, & 53; HOF, pioneer of weight training
Honorable Mention: Revie Sorey G, & # 39; 75
Charles Leno T, '14 Starting LT continues to improve
Joe Fortunato LB, & # 39; 52 5 Pro Bowls, 3x All-Pro for the 63 Best LB
Ed O'Bradovich DE, & # 39; 62 Side anchored with Doug Atkins
Honorable Mention: Jim Osborne DT, 72
And after those …
8th round 1983 Mark Bortz G, Richard Dent DE (HOF)
Round nine 1936 Danny Fortman G (HOF)
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