Angelo Moves Back, No Picks on Day 1

There was quite the build-up to the 49th overall pick in the NFL Draft, as it looked like the Chicago Bears might be able to steal one of the top-shelf defensive players available, but general manager Jerry Angelo didn't get the stroke of good luck he said he needed. Instead, Angelo struck a deal with Seattle.

General manager Jerry Angelo admitted Saturday that he needed a little luck if the Monsters of the Midway were going to have a successful Day 1 of the NFL Draft, but that luck never materialized.

Therefore, instead of reaching for a prospect at No. 49 overall in the second round to fit a need, specifically at wide receiver or along the defensive line, Angelo traded that pick to the Seahawks in exchange for Seattle's choices in Round 3 (68) and Round 4 (105). The Bears were already without a first-rounder because of the giant deal they made with Denver last month for quarterback Jay Cutler, so Chicago did not make any selections in the first two rounds for the first time since 1978 – and just the third time in team history. But Sunday promises to be a busy day at Halas Hall, as Angelo and Co. now have nine picks on Day 2.

Angelo also revealed after the Seattle swap that he had a conversation with Arizona about disgruntled receiver Anquan Boldin, although an agreement could not be reached and any future talks appear to be dead at this point.


Angelo tried to make a trade for Boldin on Day 1 of the draft. (Paul Connors/AP Images)

With six wideouts going in Round 1, none of the players Angelo had hoped would drop to his spot in the second round – North Carolina's Hakeem Nicks (29th to the Giants) and Ohio State's Brian Robiskie (36th to the Browns) topped the list – were still on the board. Several big-name defenders with first-round talent dropped to the middle of Round 2, like Florida State's Everette Brown (43rd to the 49ers) and Cincinnati's Connor Barwin (46th to the Texans), but the Bears simply did not have enough ammunition left to go get one of them after giving up so much in the Cutler trade. Bears fans may be ecstatic to have Cutler under center, but they started to realize on Day 1 of the draft the hefty price paid by the organization.

Some of the top prospects still on the board for Sunday that could be on Angelo's radar include Georgia Tech defensive end Michael Johnson, Oklahoma guard Duke Robinson, Alabama safety Rashad Johnson, Penn State wide receiver Derrick Williams, and Vanderbilt cornerback D.J. Moore.

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