Bears 14th Pick in NFL Draft has Produced Mixed Results

Bears 14th Pick in NFL Draft has Produced Mixed Results
Tommie Harris is the best of the Bears picks at number 14.

The 2014 NFL Draft will mark the eighth time the Bears have chosen 14th in the NFL draft. The first two selections were in the second round and the last five were first round picks. The selections have produced pro-bowlers, solid players and a few busts.

Eddie Michaels G Villanova 1936  Michaels was a second round pick after the Bears selected Hall of Fame tackle Joe Kandahar in the first round. Michaels lasted just one season under George Halas.

Michaels went to Washington after his one season in Chicago. After playing just one season for the Redskins, Michaels didn't play in the NFL again until 1943.

His comeback occurred in 1943 with the Phil/Pitt Steagles. The Steagles were a temporary merger between the Steelers and the Eagles because of WWII.

Many of the Steagles players were not fit for the Army. Michaels didn't qualify for the Army because he was almost deaf.

He played in Philadelphia for four seasons before retiring after the 1946 season. Michaels grew up in Wilmington, Delaware and went to Villanova. He was inducted into the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame in 1976.

Julie Rykovich HB-DB Illinois 1946 Rykovich was the Co-MVP of the 1947 Rosebowl for Illinois before beginning his professional playing career with the Buffalo Bills of the All-American Football Conference. After two seasons in the AAFC with the Bills and the Chicago Rockets, Rykovich joined the Bears in 1949.

He lasted three seasons with the Bears. Rykovich rushed for over 1,110 yards and 17 touchdowns and had 43 receptions for 687 yards and two touchdowns in 35 games. Rykovich finished up his career in Washington in his final two seasons.

Dick Evey DT-DE-G, Tennessee 1964

Evey was also selected as the 12th overall pick in the 1964 AFL draft by the Buffalo Bills. He choose to sign with the Bears.

Evey lasted six years with the Bears. He finished his career with one season in Los Angeles, followed by a season in Detroit.

Rufus Mayes T-G Ohio State 1969 

Mayes came to the Bears after an All-America season at Ohio State. He was selected as a second team All-American on the Buckeyes 1968 National Champions.

Mayes lasted only one season with the Bears. He was traded after one season to Cincinnati. The Chicago Tribune called the trade the sixth worst in Bears history.

He became a cog of the Bengal offensive line for the next eight seasons. He started 98 of 110 games during his tenure. He finished his career with the Eagles in 1978.

He died tragically in 1990 at age 42 from Bacterial Meningitis.

Michael Haynes DE Penn State 2003

Haynes was one of the biggest busts in Bears history. In just three seasons with the Bears he recorded 5.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one interception.

After being cut by the Bears in 2006, he signed with the Saints. He was only on the roster for one game in New Orleans, he was inactive. Haynes landed a year later with the Jets at the end of the pre-season and was cut the next day.

Tommie Harris DT Oklahoma 2004

A year later, the Bears made a much better pick to upgrade their defensive line. Harris was the perfect fit for Lovie Smith's cover two defense. He was part of a defense that finished in the top five three times in his seven seasons.

They won a division title in his second season and had the franchise's second ever Super Bowl appearance in year three.

In seven seasons with the Bears, Harris finished with 28.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries.

He made the Pro-Bowl from 2005-07 and was All-Pro after the 2005 season.

He finished his career in San Diego in 2011.

Chris Williams OT Vanderbilt 2008

The Bears landed Williams with the 14th pick in 2008. It was the third time in six seasons the Bears selected 14th. He was arguably as big of a bust as Haynes.

Williams lasted just six seasons in Chicago. After they expected him to hold down the left tackle position, he was switched to the right side and then guard.

After being released by the Bears during the 2012 season, Williams landed with the Rams. He remained with the Rams through the end of last season. He started all 16 games for them in 2013.

Williams signed a four year $13.5 million contract with the Bills in March. $5.5 million are guaranteed. Williams still seems to be a risk as he graded out as the 74th best lineman in the NFL out of 83 by Pro Football Focus.

2014

The consensus seems to be that the Bears will take a defensive tackle or safety. Players to watch are DT Aaron Donald from Pittsburgh, SS Calvin Pryor from Louisville and S Ha-Ha (Hasean) Clinton-Dix from Alabama.

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