New Chicago Bears cornerback is now part of a franchise, 20-year tradition

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Chicago Bears 2003 Draft: Charles Tillman, CB (35)

A 12-year Chicago Bears veteran, Charles Tillman certainly had a great NFL career after being selected near the top of the second round in 2003. As a Bear, Tillman recorded over 150 starts, producing 36 interceptions, 133 pass breakups, a ridiculous 42 forced fumbles thanks to the "Peanut Punch", and over 750 solo tackles.

In Chicago, Tillman helped anchor one of the premier defensive units of the decade, helping the Bears reach the Super Bowl at the end of the 2006 season. One of the most prolific cornerbacks of his generation, Tillman undoubtedly surpassed the expectations of a second-round selection. Still, he also had the pleasure of playing in front of one of the better safeties of the era in another second-round selection just three seasons prior.