Bears drafts steals and busts: No. 4

April, 5, 2011
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Continuing our ESPNChicago.com series featuring Bears steals and busts uncovered during the tenure of general manager Jerry Angelo, we bring you No. 4:

Steal: CB Charles Tillman, Louisiana-Lafayette, second round (35th overall in 2003)

TillmanTillman has been a fixture at cornerback since Week 4 of his rookie season. He has always been an above-average tackler with a knack for making a big play (four career defensive touchdowns), but it's the cornerback's uncanny ability to strip the football that has been his calling card since arriving in Chicago.

He has forced 24 regular season fumbles, 17 of those strips coming in the past four years. Tillman also has recorded 27 career interceptions, and led the Bears in picks in 2010 with five. He has battled though a variety of injuries, but has only missed four career games, a true testament to his toughness and willingness to sacrifice his body for the greater good of the team.

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Scott Boehm/Getty ImagesMichael Okwo might have gone to Stanford, but he couldn't figure out linebacker in the NFL.
Bust: LB Michael Okwo, Stanford,
third round (94th overall in 2007)


Hailed as the heir apparent to Lance Briggs at weak side linebacker, Okwo failed to play a single snap for the Bears, and was cut prior to the 2008 season. A favorite of Bears coach Lovie Smith coming out of school, Okwo confounded coaches and teammates with his inability to pick up even the simplest concepts of the Bears' defense.

Stashed away on injured reserve with a shoulder injury in 2007, Okwo never displayed any real ability or passion for the game during his short stint in Chicago. Perhaps the Bears should have red-flagged Okwo after he famously told coaches "football is my art" during an interview with the team's brass at the NFL Scouting Combine. Not exactly the words you want to hear from a potential linebacker in the NFL.

Jeff Dickerson | email

Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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