Honorable Mention 1: Mark Anderson-DE-Alabama-Round 5 2006:
Anderson merited Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2006 when he finished with 11 sacks as the third defensive end. Thrust into a starting role the following season, Anderson was over-matched and did little until being released by the Bears early in the 2010 season. He bounced around for several seasons before again making an impact in 2011 with the New England Patriots, again in a rotational role. He is now a Buffalo Bill, having signed a lucrative contract as the starter in 2012. Now Buffalo will find out if Anderson is capable of excelling in a starter’s role. Glad this determination will not be made on Chicago’s dime. Anderson would have made this list in earnest (not just honorable mention) if he had more than one year of success with the Bears.