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:
|NFL DRAFT ORDER||W||L||T||SOS|
|1||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||2||14||0.486|
|6||New York Jets||4||12||0.543|
|9||New York Giants||6||10||0.512|
|10||St. Louis Rams||6||10||0.531|
|13||New Orleans Saints||7||9||0.486|
|15||San Francisco 49ers||8||8||0.527|
|17||San Diego Chargers||9||7||0.512|
|18||Kansas City Chiefs||9||7||0.512|
|19||Cleveland Browns (BUF)||9||7||0.516|
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.