Jerry Angelo Gives Peek Inside the Draft Room

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Thumbs up! Jerry Angelo is OUT as Bears GM.

Jerry Angelo is gives us a peek inside the draft room… and it’s as ugly as you might imagine.

Former Chicago Bears GM Jerry Angelo is now a full fledged member of the media.  He has regular spots on 87.7 The Game and writes for Sideline View and has been doing some guest spots on the National Football Post.  After you read some of his comments from a recent article about managing draft day, it’s not surprising that he hasn’t found work in a front office.

First, uncle Jerry talks about setting yourself up for draft day by removing any pressing needs:

First of all, it’s critical to go into the draft free of “needs.” This gives you the freedom to jockey up or down on draft day with the potential to land more draft picks for the present and future drafts, as well as acquiring the best players on the board.

A bit later in the piece, Angelo gives a specific example of his time in Chicago.  Fasten your seatbelt and hit the next page to read this gem.

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  • bobportcharlotte

    I don’t understand your point in this article. Angelo expressed a Bear need for a defensive lineman and picked the guy, Haynes, who was the popular favorite for that position when he drafted, even though Angelo was not in love with him. So why do you not understand that? I see that taking place today with everyone on the DT Arron Donald bandwagon for the Bears pick at 14th and I prefer the bigger man with more upside, in my mind, who is DT Hageman. Of course, it will not be known for a couple of years who was the better pick. The truth of the matter concerning the NFL draft is that only about a third of those drafted really succeed in the NFL. Think about that thought. The rest of those who make it on NFL rosters are bit players, unknowns and undrafted FA of whom Kurt Warner is the prime example. It is all very subjective!

    • John Mack

      I think Boomer’s point, as he stated, was 1.) “Why would you take a guy you didn’t love.” in other words, why select a pick you’re not convinced will work in your scheme or that you don’t like? Not many people had Kyle Long rated as highly as the Bears and Emery went with his convictions. Angelo, did not go with his convictions and selected “the people’s champion.” and 2.) that’s why Jerry’s not working in the Bears front office anymore, and probably why he hasn’t landed a gig anywhere else. Word travels around about how a person in the league operates.

      • bobportcharlotte

        My point is that Angelo took the ‘people’s champion’ and it did not pay off. If he had not made that pick and Haynes had become a star what would have then been the reaction? We are all NOW aware of what a great pick Kyle Long was. But think of what was said after Emery made it. Thank God it paid off along with Mills. I was extremely upset when Emery did not pick the top rated offensive lineman in the 2012 draft who was projected to go between the 12th and 14th pick. I am speaking of David DeCastro who fell to the Bears 19th pick. I think most Bear fans were aware of the help he would have been to protecting Cutler who was getting constantly clobbered. Instead Emery took Shea McClennon who was on no one’s board as a pick that high and will be a bust unless he is able to adjust to the linebacker position this year. A position which most have said he should have been from the get go. Anyway, please understand that I love the job Emery has done in his short time as the Bear’s GM. He has done a far, far better job than Angelo and I think he should have been the 2013 ‘Executive of the Year’ with the transformation he made regarding the Bear’s offense in one year. Thus, whatever Emery does in this draft I am in favor of. But keep in mind that the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray. When all is said and done the NFL draft is still a crap shoot!

  • John Mack

    You weren’t kidding about fasten your seat belt. I literally slapped myself in the face when I read this: “It was ultimately my decision and I opted to select “the people’s choice” and passed on Osi Umenyiora, who the New York Giants selected in the second round.”

    What????? Wow, yeah, thank heavens Phil is his own man!