Dvoracek's latest injury exposes Bears' problems in draft
August 28, 2009, 7:40 PM
By: Jeff Dickerson
Dusty Dvoracek's torn ACL likely closes the book on another recent high draft pick by the Bears. Although selecting college kids can be an inexact science, the Bears' bust rate on first-day choices is fairly alarming.
We'll include the top three rounds because those were Day 1 picks from 2005 to 2007. And although the 2007 class hasn't completed three seasons, I think those players have been around long enough to analyze.
In the span of those three seasons (2005-07), the Bears selected nine players and used two of those picks to get Adewale Ogunleye and Ricky Manning Jr., who both are/were at least decent contributors. Of the nine players taken, Devin Hester and Greg Olsen are no-brainer successes. I'll also argue that, in a few years, we'll look back on Danieal Manning as an excellent grab -- because I think he can make the Pro Bowl as a return man if he stays healthy.
That's the good news. The bad news is the six remaining draftees.
DAY ONE PICKS
Here's a rundown on the Bears' day one picks from 2005-2007, not named Hester, Olsen or Manning.
The quickest way for an organization to head south is by drafting poorly. I'm not saying the Bears do a bad job, but they certainly can do better.
Jeff Dickerson is our Bears beat reporter and weeknight host on ESPN 1000. He also handles Bears coverage for ABC-7 and appears on "The Chicago Huddle." E-mail comments, questions and feedback by clicking here.