Chicago Bears history with top ten draft picks

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The next period of time was one of the weakest time for the Chicago Bears. There were many lean years, and the Bears struck out on quite a few picks.

The Bears had four top ten picks during that period, but no one of stature was drafted.

In 1967, the Bears chose defensive end Loyd Phillips of Arkansas with their tenth pick. He was a great college player, winning the Outland Trophy and was a two-time All American. His success did not carry over to the professional arena. He played three forgettable seasons for the Bears.

In 1972, the Bears chose offensive tackle Lionel Antoine out of Southern Illinois. He played with the Bears for eight seasons.

The Bears had the eighth pick in 1973, and they chose defensive tackle Wally Chambers out of Eastern Kentucky. He played for the Bears for five seasons.

Chambers had a solid career, if not a super one. He was the Defensive Rookie of the Year, and was on three Pro Bowls and one All Pro first team. In 1976, he was the NFC Defensive Player of the Year.

In 1974, the Bears chose linebacker Waymond Bryant out of Tennessee State with their four pick. He played with the Bears for four seasons.

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