The draft is just three weeks away. Barring a trade, the Bears will pick at 14. Everyone is debating whether they will pick a defensive tackle, a cornerback, or a safety. Those questions will be answered soon enough. What I will do is give you the history of the Bears’ picks at #14.
The Bears have had five picks at 14 in their history. They ultimately chose two defensive tackles, two offensive tackles, and a defensive end. Here is the list:
1964- Dick Evey(DT)- Tennessee
Evey was a 6-4, 245 pound defensive tackle. He also played offensive tackle as well. He played in 82 games over six seasons with the Bears. He also played a season with the Rams and one with the Lions before he retired. He recovered six fumbles and had two interceptions while with the Bears. The Bears were 34-47-3 and never made the playoffs with Evey.
Evey was one of the first recipients of The 88 Plan, a fund administered by the NFL to former players suffering from dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, ALS or Parkinson’s Disease. Recipients are awarded up to $88,000 per year.
1969-Rufus Mayes(OT)- Ohio St.
The 6-5, 260 pound draft pick played just one season for the Bears. He was traded in 1970 to the Cincinnati Bengals in return for defensive lineman Bill Staley and Harry Gunner. It was a bad trade for the Bears. In nine seasons with the Bengals, Mayes started 98 of the 110 games he played. He then went to the Philadelphia Eagles and played his last season in 1979 before retiring.
2003-Michael Haynes (DE)-Penn St.
The 6-3, 274 pounder played in 43 games over three seasons with the Bears, having started just four. He had one interception (returned for a touchdown) and one forced fumble. He also signed with the Saints and the Jets, but never played with either team.
2004-Tommie Harris (DT)-Oklahoma
The 6-3, 295 pound defensive tackle was perhaps the best #14 draft pick in Bears history. He played seven seasons with the team, recording 213 tackles and 28.5 sacks. He played in 104 games, starting 90 of them. He was a three-time Pro Bowler and was a key member of the defense that helped lead the Bears to Super Bowl XLI in 2007. He played one season with the San Diego Chargers.
Harris thrived in coach Lovie Smith’s Cover-2 defense, which required quick, mobile linemen. In 2008, he signed a four-year, $40 million contract, which at the time made him the highest paid defensive tackle in the NFL. He suffered a knee injury in 2008 that did not heal properly and his play declined.
2008-Chris Williams (OT)-Vanderbilt
The 6-6, 326 pound tackle played five seasons with the Bears. Possibly the most disappointing draft pick, he was a part of an offensive line unit that had Bears fans frustrated and Jay Cutler constantly on his back. During his time with the Bears, the line gave up 213 sacks. He played in 50 games with the Bears, starting 38 of them. He played in nineteen games with the St Louis Rams over two seasons, and recently signed a four-year, $13.5 million contract with the Buffalo Bills (how does that happen?).
As you can see, the list of #14 picks in the draft shows some mediocre players. There have been some, however, who played well, and one who played well but with another team. Let’s hope this year’s pick goes more the route of Tommie Harris and not of Chris Williams.