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Monday, April 5, 2010
Bears miss out on Sims? Maybe not

By Jeff Dickerson

Rob Simms
Considering Jerry Angelo's late-round draft history, maybe the Bear didn't make a mistake in not trading for Rob Simms.

Was Rob Sims worth a fifth-round pick?

That was the compensation Detroit sent Seattle to acquire the guard, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. It’s a price many consider modest, considering Sims is a starting offensive lineman.

But, when you look at the organization's draft history under Jerry Angelo, the Bears have done a respectable job in the fifth round. Since 2002, the Bears have taken 15 players in round No. 5, among those selected: Johnny Knox, Zack Bowman, Kellen Davis, Corey Graham, Kevin Payne, Mark Anderson, Bobby Wade and Justin Gage.

Not bad when you consider Knox made the Pro Bowl as a rookie, Bowman is a starter, Graham and Payne both have been starters, Anderson is projected to replace Alex Brown at one defensive end spot and Davis did a decent job in goal-line situations last season.

Don't get me wrong, the Bears could still use help at guard, but history says the Bears shouldn't necessarily part with their fifth-round picks.