Backdraft: Chicago Bears

History Published on : 4/12/2011

BACKDRAFT SERIES: For 16 days leading up to the 2011 NFL Draft, we're rolling out capsule draft histories of each of the 32 NFL Teams.

Backdraft Series
Apr. 12 - Packers | Steelers
Apr. 13 - Bears | Jets
Apr. 14- Patriots | Falcons
Apr. 15- Ravens | Seahawks
Apr. 16- Saints | Eagles
Apr. 17- Colts | Chiefs
Apr. 18- Buccaneers | Giants
Apr. 19- Chargers | Raiders
Apr. 20- Jaguars | Dolphins
Apr. 21- Rams | Lions
Apr. 22- Vikings | Texans
Apr. 23- Redskins | Cowboys
Apr. 24- Titans | 49ers
Apr. 25- Browns | Cardinals
Apr. 26- Bengals | Bills
Apr. 27- Broncos | Panthers
2011 Draft Position:
• 29

First-Ever Draft Pick:
Joe Stydahar, T, West Virginia (1st Round, 6th overall, in 1936)


Most Recent Draft Pick:

• J'Marcus Weeb, T, West Texas A&M (7th round, 218th overall, in 2010)


Hall of Famers Drafted:

Joe Stydahar - 1st Round (6th overall), 1936
Dan Fortmann - 9th Round (78th overall), 1936
Sid Luckman - 1st Round (2nd overall), 1939
Clyde "Bulldog" Turner - 1st Round (7th overall), 1940
Bobby Layne - 1st Round (3rd overall), 1948 (Also selected in 1st round - 2nd overall - of 1948 AAFC Draft by Baltimore Colts.)
George Blanda - 12th Round (119th overall), 1949 (Also drafted in 2nd round - 9th overall - of 1949 AAFC Draft by the Chicago Hornets.)
Bill George - 2nd Round (23rd overall), 1951
Stan Jones - 5th Round (54th overall), 1953
Mike Ditka - 1st Round (5th overall), 1961 (Also drafted in 1st round of 1961 AFL Draft by the Houston Oilers.)
Dick Butkus - 1st Round (3rd overall), 1965 (Also drafted in 2nd round of 1965 AFL Draft by the Denver Broncos.)
Gale Sayers - 1st Round (4th overall), 1965 (Also drafted in 1st round of 1965 AFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs.)
Walter Payton - 1st Round (4th overall), 1975
Dan Hampton - 1st Round (4th overall), 1979
Mike Singletary - 2nd Round (38th overall), 1981
Richard Dent – 8th Round (203rd overall), 1983


First Overall Pick in the NFL Draft:

1947 – Bob Fenimore, HB, Oklahoma A&M
1941 – Tom Harmon, HB, Michigan

Tom Harmon Walter Payton Richard Dent
Did you know?
Walter Payton and Roland Harper were backfield mates for seven seasons. They both joined the Bears through the 1975 draft but on opposite ends of the spectrum. Payton was the team's first choice, selected fourth overall, while Harper was picked in the 17th and final round, 420th overall, by Chicago.

That year's draft also stocked the Bears with such players as DE Mike Hartenstine, QB Bob Avellini, and DB Doug Plank.

See the complete 1975 NFL Draft>>>



"Maybe the little man the Bears drafted Tuesday will be so good they'll have to rename Soldier Field 'Payton Place.'"

Those words closed a column written by Robert Markus in the Chicago Tribune the day after the Bears used its first round pick of the 1975 NFL Draft on running back Walter Payton. Chicago head coach Jack Pardee commented on the pick by saying the only negative scouting note about Payton was his height and pointed out "But he runs big. He's a big little man."

Pardee's hunch was right on the mark as Payton had a spectacular Hall of Fame career in which he retired as the NFL's all-time leading rusher. (RELATED: Only seven players have been called NFL's all-time leading rusher.)



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