With the latest NFL week in the books, the impact on the pecking order for the 2015 NFL draft is calculated.  The Chicago Bears sit at #11.  That is down three spots from a week ago when they were projected to go 8th.  What does this news entail for the team come next April?

Previous 10 Players Selected 11th Overall
  • 2014 – Taylor Lewan – Tennessee Titans
  • 2013 – D.J. Fluker – San Diego Chargers
  • 2012 – Dontari Poe – Kansas City Chiefs
  • 2011 – J.J. Watt – Houston Texans
  • 2010 – Anthony Davis – San Francisco 49ers
  • 2009 – Aaron Maybin – Buffalo Bills
  • 2008 – Leodis McKelvin – Buffalo Bills
  • 2007 – Patrick Willis – San Francisco 49ers
  • 2006 – Jay Cutler – Denver Broncos
  • 2005 – DeMarcus Ware – Dallas Cowboys

Based on this list it’s clear the Bears will have an excellent opportunity to land a difference-maker in the draft, especially on the defensive side of the ball what with names like DeMarcus Ware, Patrick Willis, J.J. Watt and Dontari Poe going at that spot.  As for those who hope the team goes after a quarterback, the results for Jay Cutler speak for themselves.  Granted, not every player is the same but the reality is it’s very hard to find a franchise guy outside the top 10.

So what about Chicago itself?  Does it have a history regarding the 11th pick.

All Players Selected 11th In Bears History
  • 1947 – Don Kindt – DB (1 Pro Bowl)
  • 1949 – Dick Harris – C
  • 1955 – Ron Drzewiecki – HB
  • 1963 – Dave Behrman – C
  • 1971 – Joe Moore – RB
  • 1981 – Keith Van Horne – OT
  • 1984 – Wilber Marshall – LB (3 Pro Bowls)
  • 1989 – Donnell Woolford – CB (1 Pro Bowl)
  • 1994 – John Thierry – DE

It’s always surprising how many times a team has actually held a certain pick.  The Chicago Bears have used it to select nine player in franchise history and their success, as with most other picks is mixed.  However, one trend that is clear, and is supported by the previous list is the Bears had a lot of success when they went defense.  To get three Pro Bowl players each of the three times they selected defensively is a testament to the trend.

Obviously it’s no guarantee the Bears will be holding the 11th overall pick when the dust settles, but if they do, then the 2015 NFL draft has to be about the D.

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