As Phil Emery prepares for his second
BEST – Tommie Harris, defensive tackle, 2004
WORST – Michael Haynes, defensive end, 2003
Angelo's poor track record in the first round is well-documented, and we could debate his best and worst picks till the cows come home. Though derailed by injuries, Tommie Harris ripped off a three-year stretch where he was arguably the league's best at his position, making three Pro Bowls and anchoring the defensive line of the league's top defense.
And while you can make a case for
WORST – Dan Bazuin, defensive end, 2007
While he was garbage in the first round, Angelo hit big in the second round, nabbing Matt Forte in 2008,
And now you're saying, "But wait—I'm a die-hard Bears fan, and I don't remember this so-called Dan Bazuin." That's because Bazuin missed the 2007 and 2008 seasons with separate surgeries on the same knee and was released without ever playing a game.
WORST – Leon Joe, linebacker, 2004
Leon Joe, on the other hand, was picked 14 spots ahead of
WORST – Claude Harriott, defensive end, Craig Krenzel, quarterback, 2004
Knox was a Pro Bowl return man as a rookie and led the Bears in receiving yards in 2010 and 2011. If not for his horrific, career-ending injury in 2011, he would have been the ideal slot complement to Brandon Marshall.
Drafted with consecutive picks, Harriott never played a snap for the Bears while Krenzel banged out a few wins his rookie year. But this is a collective miss, considering a running back from NIU named
Chris Harris became a starter his rookie year on a division-winning Bears team, and was a solid player in the Super Bowl season. The Bears foolishly traded him to Carolina before the 2007 season, where he led the league with eight forced fumbles.
And unlike quarterback
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