99 Days to Kick Off. Chiefs’ Dustin Colquitt is the Best 99th Draft Pick Ever

Tweet Chiefs Get Smart when they drafted a punter.     Dustin Colquitt stands as the best draft pick taken 99th in the Super Bowl era.  Some may argue the 99th pick is too early to select a punter, that a late third round or early fourth round pick should be spent on “real” football players, not kickers or special teamers.  I tend to view all draft picks as toggle…

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Jim Finks in 1978: It was a very Bad Year.

Tweet Obviously, Pace isn’t better than Finks yet, but Finks wasn’t as good as people remember. As of this writing, I remain upbeat about Ryan Pace as the Bears’ general manager.  This year he took a big swing, and whether he connected waits to be seen.  If Mitchell Trubisky proves to be as good as Pace believes the young quarterback to be, it would go a long way toward making…

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Trubisky and the Championship Chase: 7 Years Seems to be the Breaking Point.

Tweet If the Bears can’t build a championship team around Mitch Trubisky in the first seven years of his career, the odds are they never will.   Just tell them you’re trying to cure a seven year ache And see what else your little heart can take                                     Roseanne Cash     How long should Bears fans wait to know if Mitchell Trubisky will lead the team to a championship? …

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The Bears and the Big Ten: 14 Schools and 88 Draft Picks

Tweet With Maryland and Rutgers added, drafting from the Big Ten no longer means shopping local.   Since 1967 and the start of the modern NFL draft, the Chicago Bears drafted 549 players, including 88 from Big Ten schools.  Those numbers included every Penn State, Nebraska, Maryland, and Rutgers draft since 1967 even though those schools were not in the Big Ten that entire time.  With that acknowledgement, 16% of…

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The Kansas City Ghosts of Quarterbacks Past, Present, and Future

Tweet The quarterback situation in Kansas City has been spooky. The ghost of quarterbacks past: Let’s consider Steve DeBerg.  In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s the NFL began creating rules to protect the quarterback.   The owners, probably at the insistence of television executives, finally realized they owned a better product when good quarterbacks stayed on the field and threw the football.  This inspired Pittsburgh Steeler great Jack Lambert to…

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Chicago, Kansas City, and Houston: 3 Teams Looking for Mr. Right

Tweet Can there really be only one Mr. Right every year? Since 1967 it only happened once.  Two quarterbacks drafted in the first round the same year both later started on Super Bowl champions.  First Ben Roethlisberger and then Eli Manning led their teams to championships, and then both managed to do it a second time.  Other than 2004, no draft class ever saw two first round quarterbacks lead their…

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Cleveland, Who Do You Love?

Tweet Browns keep heading south on draft day. Since 1999 the new incarnation of the Cleveland Browns drafted 163 players.  I can’t say the Cleveland Browns have been the worst drafting team in that time, but their sorry on field performance suggests that they might be.  So, where do the Browns do their shopping for draft choices?  With their 163 draft choices they have gone back to a familiar school…

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Did the Chiefs Finally Give Up Trying to Find a QB at the Flea Market?

Tweet Send us your poor, your tired, your wretched refuse…. Let’s assume there are three places a team can shop for quarterbacks.  First of all, there is Rodeo Drive, the place where rich people spend incredible amounts of money because they want only the best.  The football equivalent of shopping on Rodeo Drive is the first round, or the top thirty-two picks.  In the first year of the modern draft…

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Fans Go Bananas Over the Later Than Brady Bunch of Quarterbacks

Tweet The Patriots weren’t looking for greatness when they found Brady, they were looking for competence and found greatness. If Tom Brady didn’t exist I’d probably refer to “the quarterbacks drafted 200 or later in the draft.”  Brady does exist, however, and he went 199th in the 2000 draft, so this is about all the quarterbacks drafted later than Brady who played in 100 or more NFL games.  Since 1967…

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Jordan Howard: Already Among the Better 150th Draft Picks Ever

Tweet Steelers tight end Greg Lloyd still ranks as the best draft pick taken with the 150th pick. Since 1967, not including the 2017 draft, fifty players were taken with the 150th pick.  While Bears fans realized that the 2016 150th pick, Jordan Howard, was a pretty good pick, there’s a strong chance he will be the best player chosen 150th in the Super Bowl era.  After just one season…

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The 1998 Draft in Review: The Steelers were the Draft Studs Again.

Tweet In the long run, the Steelers conducted the best draft that year. At the end of the 2015 season both Peyton Manning and Charles Woodson retired, meaning that nobody from the 1998 draft was still active.  Without question, Manning, the first pick in the draft, proved to be the best draft pick taken, and Woodson was one of the best if not the best defensive player.  Both men will…

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