With the 2011 NFL Draft just more than a month away, let's take a look at how Jerry Angelo and Co. have fared the last three drafts.
Total picks: 26
2010 Starters: 5
2010 Backups: 11
Other teams: 3
Out of NFL: 7
Injured Reserve/PUP: 0
Considering they did not have first- or second-round picks in either of the last two drafts, the Bears haven't done badly.
Matt Forte is arguably the centerpiece of their offense. The second-round pick in 2008 has been the featured ball carrier since Day One, and he also is a key contributor in the passing game. Wide receivers Johnny Knox and Earl Bennett were Nos. 1 and 2 respectively in catches and yards last season.
Best pick: Wide receiver Johnny Knox, 2009, fifth round, 140th overall
Despite coming from little Abilene Christian, Knox contributed as a rookie with 45 catches for 527 yards and five touchdowns. He took another big step last year, leading the Bears by a wide margin with 960 yards and tying Forte for the team lead with 51 receptions and five more scores. Knox is slight in stature and isn't very physical, but he is a legitimate deep threat and has soft hands and good run-after-the-catch ability.
Worst pick: Defensive tackle Jarron Gilbert, 2009, third round, 68th overall
Wasn't quick enough at end or stout enough inside to be a factor and lasted just one season.
2010 Draft Picks
S Major Wright
3 (75) Major Wright, S
The Bears like his physical tackling style and his range as a centerfielder. He showed promise early and may have earned a starting job by mid-season were it not for nagging injuries. But he got valuable playing time at free and strong safety when he was healthy, playing in a rotation with starters strong safety Daniel Manning and free safety Chris Harris. Should contend for a starting spot this season.
4 (109) Corey Wootton, DE
Showed glimpses of pass-rush ability in limited playing time and literally ended Brett Favre's career with his only sack. Has an opportunity to be the top backup this year behind starters Julius Peppers and Israel Idonije.
5 (141) Joshua Moore, CB
Made cameo special-teams appearances in three games. Needs to spend more time in the weight room and could struggle for playing time again, but a solid offseason could make him a factor at a position that has depth but not much quality.
6 (181) Dan LeFevour, QB
Bears hoped to sneak him onto the practice squad but he was claimed by the Bengals after being cut.
7 (218) J'Marcus Webb, OT
He was tossed into the starting lineup at right tackle in Week 5 because of injuries and subpar play by others. He never gave the job back. He's still raw but has the physical tools to last for a long time. At 6-7 and 328 pounds, he has the ideal size and strength to be a force in the run game, but his pass protection, especially against quickness, must continue to improve.
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