Weekly Musings from a Content Blogger (4/13)

 

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I'll be honest: I had a hard time coming up with anything for this week's column before I settled on this idea. I could have reported on where Michael Vick is or how TO doesn't know what an OTA is, but that's a waste of time and energy for me and a boring read for you.

Instead, I'm breaking down the draft selections throughout Jerry's tenure (2002 - 2008). Time to settle some debates about Jerry's drafting!

I realize that there's a lot of numbers/info here, but I attempted to make this as thorough as possible.

Overall Picks

2008: 12 selections
2007: 9 selections
2006: 7 selections
2005: 6 selections
2004: 8 selections
2003: 12 selections
2002: 9 selections

Total: 63 selections  

By Round

1st round: 7 selections

Year

Player

2008 Chris Williams
2007 Greg Olsen
2005 Cedric Benson
2004 Tommie Harris
2003 Michael Haynes
2003 Rex Grossman
2002 Marc Colombo

2nd round: 7 selections

Year Player
2008 Matt Forte
2007 Dan Bazuin
2006 Danieal Manning
2006 Devin Hester
2005 Mark Bradley
2004 Tank Johnson
2003 Charles Tillman

3rd round: 9 selections

Year Player
2008 Earl Bennett
2008 Marcus Harrison
2007 Garrett Wolfe
2007 Michael Okwo
2006 Dusty Dvoracek
2004 Bernard Berrian
2003 Lance Briggs
2002 Roosevelt Williams
2002 Terrence Metcalf

4th round: 9 selections

Year Player
2008 Craig Steltz
2007 Josh Beekman
2006 Jamar Williams
2005 Kyle Orton
2004 Nathan Vasher
2004 Leon Joe
2003 Todd Johnson
2003 Ian Scott
2002 Alex Brown

5th round: 13 selections

Year Player
2008 Zackary Bowman
2008 Kellen Davis
2007 Kevin Payne
2007 Corey Graham
2006 Mark Anderson
2005 Airese Currie
2004 Claude Harriott
2004 Craig Krenzel
2003 Bobby Wade
2003 Justin Gage
2003 Tron Lafavor
2002 Bobby Gray
2002 Bryan Knight

6th round: 8 selections

Year Player
2006 J.D. Runnels
2006 Tyler Reed
2005 Chris Harris
2003 Joe Odom
2003 Brock Forsey
2002 Adrian Peterson
2002 Jamin Elliott
2002 Bryan Fletcher

7th round: 10 selections

Year Player
2008 Ervin Baldwin
2008 Chester Adams
2008 Joey LaRocque
2008 Kirk Barton
2008 Marcus Monk
2007 Trumaine McBride
2007 Aaron Brant
2005 Rod Wilson
2004 Alfonso Marshall
2003 Bryan Anderson

Position by Round

1st: 2 OT's....DE....QB....DT....RB....TE

2nd: 2 DB's....2 WR's....DT....DE....RB

3rd: 2 WR's....2 LB's....2 DT's....OG....RB....DB

4th: 3 DB's....2 LB's....DE....DT....QB....OG

5th: 4 DB's....3 WR's....2 DE's....LB....DT....QB....TE

6th: 2 RB's....WR....TE....LB....DB....FB....OG

7th: 3 DB's....2 OT's....2 OG's....DE....LB....WR

Grouping by Round (Offense vs. Defense)

1st: 5 offense, 2 defense

2nd: 4 defense, 3 offense

3rd: 5 defense, 4 offense

4th: 7 defense, 2 offense

5th: 8 defense, 5 offense

6th: 6 offense, 2 defense

7th: 5 offense, 5 defense

By Position

QB: Three (4.7% of draft selections: 2003, 2004, 2005)

RB: Five (7.9% of draft selections: 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008)

FB: One (1.5% of draft selections: 2006)

WR: Nine (14.2% of draft selections: 2002, 2003, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2008)

TE: Three (4.7% of draft selections: 2002, 2007, 2008)

OT: Four (6.3% of draft selections: 2002, 2007, 2008, 2008)

OG: Five (7.9% of draft selections: 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008)

DT: Six (9.5% of draft selections: 2003, 2003, 2004, 2004, 2006, 2008)

DE: Six (9.5% of draft selections: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008)

LB: Seven (11% of draft selections: 2002, 2003, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008)

DB: Fourteen (22% of draft selections: 2002, 2002, 2003, 2003, 2004, 2004, 2005, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2007, 2007, 2008, 2008)

Draft Selections still on Bears by Position

QB: None = 0%

RB: 3 out of 5 = 60%

FB: None = 0%

WR: 2 out of 9 = 22%

TE: 2 out of 3 = 66.7%

OT: 1 out of 4 = 25%

OG: 2 out of 5 = 40%

DT: 3 out of 6 = 50%

DE: 3 out of 6 = 50%

LB: 3 out of 7 = 42.8%

DB: 8 out of 14 = 57%

FYI: I listed J.D. Runnels as a FB, Devin Hester as a WR, and Danieal Manning as a DB for the previous two sections.

Draft Selections Still on Bears or in NFL

Legend:
ACT - Active with NFL team
FA - Free Agent (I did not use UFA's not with a team as current NFL players)
R/O - Retired/Out of League

2008

- Still on Bears: 9 out of 12 selections = 75%

- Still in NFL: 10 out of 12 selections = 83%

Year Round Player Status Team
2008 1 Chris Williams ACT Bears
2 Matt Forte ACT Bears
3 Earl Bennett ACT Bears
3 Marcus Harrison ACT Bears
4 Craig Steltz ACT Bears
5 Zackary Bowman ACT Bears
5 Kellen Davis ACT Bears
7 Ervin Baldwin ACT Bears
7 Chester Adams R/O
7 Joey LaRocque ACT Bears
7 Kirk Barton ACT Bengals
7 Marcus Monk R/O

2007

- Still on Bears: 6 out of 9 selections = 66.7%

- Still in NFL: 7 out of 9 selections = 77.7%

Year Round Player Status Team
2007 1 Greg Olsen ACT Bears
2 Dan Bazuin R/O
3 Garrett Wolfe ACT Bears
3 Michael Okwo ACT Colts
4 Josh Beekman ACT Bears
5 Kevin Payne ACT Bears
5 Corey Graham ACT Bears
7 Trumaine McBride ACT Bears
7 Aaron Brant R/O

2006

- Still on Bears: 6 out of 7 = 85.7%

- Still in NFL: 7 out of 7 = 100%

Year Round Player Status Team
2006 2 Danieal Manning ACT Bears
2 Devin Hester ACT Bears
3 Dusty Dvoracek ACT Bears
4 Jamar Williams ACT Bears
5 Mark Anderson ACT Bears
6 J.D. Runnels ACT Bengals
6 Tyler Reed ACT Bears

2005

Still on Bears: 0 out of 6 = 0%

Still in NFL: 5 out of 6 = 83.3%

Year Round Player Status Team
2005 1 Cedric Benson ACT Bengals
2 Mark Bradley ACT Chiefs
4 Kyle Orton ACT Broncos
5 Airese Currie R/O
6 Chris Harris ACT Panthers
7 Rod Wilson ACT Bucs

2004

Still on Bears: 2 out of 8 = 25%

Still in NFL: 4 out of 8 = 50%

Year Round Player Status Team
2004 1 Tommie Harris ACT Bears
2 Tank Johnson ACT Bengals
3 Bernard Berrian ACT Vikings
4 Nathan Vasher ACT Bears
4 Leon Joe R/O
5 Claude Harriott R/O
5 Craig Krenzel R/O
7 Alfonso Marshall R/O

2003

Still on Bears: 2 out of 12 = 16.7%

Still in NFL: 6 out of 12 = 50%

Year Round Player Status Team
2003 1 Michael Haynes R/O
1 Rex Grossman FA
2 Charles Tillman ACT Bears
3 Lance Briggs ACT Bears
4 Todd Johnson ACT Rams
4 Ian Scott ACT Chargers
5 Bobby Wade ACT Vikings
5 Justin Gage ACT Titans
5 Tron Lafavor R/O
6 Joe Odom R/O
6 Brock Forsey R/O
7 Bryan Anderson R/O

2002

Still on Bears: 2 out of 9 = 22%

Still in NFL: 3 out of 9 = 33%

Year Round Player Status Team
2002 1 Marc Colombo ACT Cowboys
3 Roosevelt Williams R/O
3 Terrence Metcalf FA
4 Alex Brown ACT Bears
5 Bobby Gray R/O
5 Bryan Knight R/O
6 Adrian Peterson ACT Bears
6 Jamin Elliot R/O
6 Bryan Knight R/O

Total

Still on Bears: 27 out of 63 = 42.8% of draft selections are still on the Bears

Still in NFL: 42 out of 63 prospects = 66.7% of draft selections are still in the NFL

By School

Five selected: Florida

Four selected: Oklahoma

Three selected: Miami, Pittsburgh

Two selected: Arizona, Arkansas, Boston College, Louisiana-Monroe, Michigan State, Mississippi, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Texas, Vanderbilt

One selected: Abilene Christian, Alabama, Arizona State, Boise State, Central Michigan, Clemson, Delaware, Fresno State, Georgia, Georgia Southern, Iowa State, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, LSU, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Northern Illinois, Oregon State, South Carolina, Stanford, Tulane, Tuskegee, UCLA, Washington

By Conference

SEC: 15

Big 12: 9

Big 10: 8

ACC: 7

Pac 10: 7

Big East: 3

Sun Belt: 3

WAC: 3

CAA: 2

MAC: 2

Lone Star Conference (D-II): 1

Conference USA: 1

Southern: 1

Southern Intercollegiate (D-II): 1

Analysis

What does this tell me? Not a lot, but it does give some interesting insight as to how Jerry operates. Here's what I got out of it:

1. Maybe I was just oblivious, but I was surprised to see that we drafted a total of fourteen DB's and nine WR's during Jerry's tenure. I knew that we had drafted a lot at those two positions; I never thought it was that high.

2. Regardless of the first point, the two WR's that are still on the Bears are Devin Hester and Earl Bennett. Who knows how Earl will be. Mark Bradley, Justin Gage, Bobby Wade, and Bernard Berrian are enjoying careers elsewhere.

3. Yes, Jerry has picked up some good talent from small schools. But Jerry has drafted 49 players from major conferences (SEC to Big East), and only 14 players have been selected from the others. I had this impression that Jerry was a small-school draft raider, which is proven not to be the case.

4. It is disappointing (and somewhat indicative of the coaching staff IMO) to see that many of our selections aren't on the Bears, but are succeeding elsewhere in the league.

Enough of what I think. Anything surprise, worry, or excite you when you see these numbers?

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