By Kyle Johansen @kylejohansen on March 28, 2014
As a team that has always been built on the back of its defense, the Bears have desperately tried to create a spark of offense in the first round of the NFL Draft. The problem is that the Bears have historically been clueless in regards to offensive talent evaluation. The Bears have offensively blundered their way through the NFL Draft for most of their existence until mercifully hitting on second-round picks Matt Forte and Alshon Jeffery.
When Cedric Benson started crying after being selected with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, the Bears should have walked up to the podium and politely explained to commissioner Tagliabue that a mistake had been made. Spending the fourth overall pick in the draft on an average NFL running back prospect is indefensible. The pick was even worse for the Bears as Thomas Jones had just established himself as a No. 1 running back.
A forgotten footnote in the litany of failed Bears quarterbacks, Cade McNown was picked 12th overall in 1999 out of UCLA. Instead of drafting quarterback Daunte Culpepper, the Bears in all of their draft wisdom opted to trade down and pick McNown. The lefty QB made it through two seasons before the Bears realized their franchise-altering mistake and traded McNown to the Miami Dolphins. Cade McNown never threw another pass in the NFL.
Rashaam Salaam is one of the many Heisman Trophy winners who simply didn't have what it takes to succeed in the NFL. Salaam was drafted No. 21 overall in the 1995 NFL Draft and gained 3.6 yards per carry for the Bears before being cut at the age of 23. Unlike most of the players on this list, Salaam at least touched an NFL field after his short tenure with the Bears. It was short-lived, though, as he totaled all of two carries for the Browns.
Some wide receivers make their quarterbacks look better. David Terrell was not one of those wide receivers. While Terrell could have used some help from his quarterbacks, top ten picks in the NFL Draft are expected to make an impact no matter who is throwing the ball. Instead, Terrell totaled 128 receptions for nine touchdowns in his four seasons before being cut. He never caught another pass in the NFL.
The NFL has finally learned that you simply do not need to spend a first-round pick on a running back, much less a top ten pick. However, up until recently the Bears seemed to be on a perpetual pursuit of the next Walter Payton. If we pick enough running backs, one of them has to hit, right? Wrong. At the very least, Curtis Enis never provided fans with false hope as he was miserable from start to finish in three seasons with the Bears.
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