Jerry Angelo’s 8th Worst Draft Pick

Dan LeFevour-QB-Central Michigan-Round 6 2010:

Dan LeFevour

It’s hard to call any sixth-round draft pick a mistake, since the vast majority of these players aren’t expected to go onto great NFL success. And Dan LeFevour was a record-setting college quarterback. But there are several reasons for this. Late in the 2010 season it was revealed that during that year’s draft, Angelo’s staff had called Buffalo running back James Starks and told him he would be Chicago’s sixth-round pick, 181st overall. The drafting of Starks would have been a sly move, as he had spent his senior college season out of football with an injury. But after they had called Starks, the Bears changed their mind, picking LeFevour instead. The Bears ended up waiving LeFevour in the final preseason cutdown with hopes of signing him to their practice squad, but the Cincinnati Bengals pounced, adding him to their active roster. Starks was nabbed by the hated Green Bay Packers with the 193rd overall pick of the draft, and began to earn significant playing time in 2010, even leading the Packers in rushing and scoring a touchdown against the Bears in the NFC Championship game the Bears lost at home. Granted, Starks may not be a long-term starting running back in the NFL. But the Bears got nothing out of LeFevour. And considering the wasted gambles the Bears have made on Matt Forte’s backup in 2010 and 2011 (Chester Taylor and Marion Barber III), in retrospect Starks should have remained Chicago’s pick after that fateful phone call. Former Bear personnel director Greg Gabriel stated it was his most embarrassing moment in scouting.

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