Chicago Bears 2015 NFL Draft Order: Bears Set to Select 7th


Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

There are very few bright spots for the awful Chicago Bears 5-11 2014 season but one of them is the Chicago Bears 2015 NFL Draft order has them slated to select seventh in the NFL Draft.  The draft order for non-playoff teams has been set:

Official top-20 2015 NFL Draft order:

1Tampa Bay Buccaneers2140.486
2Tennessee Titans2140.506
3Jacksonville Jaguars3130.514
4Oakland Raiders3130.570
5Washington Redskins4120.496
6New York Jets4120.543
7Chicago Bears511 0.529
8Atlanta Falcons6100.482
9New York Giants6100.512
10St. Louis Rams6100.531
11Minnesota Vikings790.475
12Cleveland Browns790.479
13New Orleans Saints790.486
14Miami Dolphins880.512
15San Francisco 49ers880.527
16Houston Texans970.447
17San Diego Chargers970.512
18Kansas City Chiefs970.512
19Cleveland Browns (BUF)970.516
20Philadelphia Eagles1060.490

Lovie Smith’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers sit in the pole position and you can bet that they’ll be picking a quarterback with the top pick or looking to parlay that into a blockbuster deal.

Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune did a great job breaking down the last several 7th overall selections:

2014 – Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay
2013 – Jonathan Cooper, G, Arizona
2012 – Mark Barron, S, Tampa Bay
2011 – Aldon Smith, OLB, San Francisco
2010 – Joe Haden, CB, Cleveland
2009 – Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Oakland
2008 – Sedrick Ellis, DT, New Orleans
2007 – Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota
2006 – Michael Huff, S, Oakland
2005 – Troy Williamson, WR, Minnesota

There’s a mixed bag in there, but it’s certainly hard to argue with some of the names on the list.

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It’s the highest the Chicago Bears will select since they picked Cedric Benson with the 4th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. The last time the Bears held the #7 pick, they selected wide receiver Curtis Conway in the 1993 draft.  Not a Hall of Famer, but a respectable player.

Other notable Top 10 draft choices by the Bears were David Terrell (8th in 2001), Brian Urlacher (9th in 2000) and Curtis Enis (5th in 1998).  The Bears had the #4 pick in the 2003 draft, but traded it to the New York Jets to select Michael Haynes and Rex Grossman with the 14th and 22nd picks respectively.  The Jets used the #4 pick on DT Dwayne Robertson.

The Bears have plenty of needs, but you’d have to think that a pass rusher, a linebacker or a safety would be near the top of their wish list.  Depending on what happens with Jay Cutler, the Bears could also have a glaring need at quarterback.

Now the big question remains – who will be making the selection for the Chicago Bears when the draft rolls into Chicago in late April.  GM Phil Emery’s seat is awfully hot and news out of Halas Hall should quickly answer that question.