Charles “Peanut” Tillman-CB-Louisana Lafayette-Round 2 2003:
Several corners were rated higher in the 2003 draft than Tillman. Five corners were selected before him: Terence Newman, Marcus Trufant, Andre Woolfolk, Sammy Davis and Nnamdi Asomugha. Who else would anyone take over Tillman in their tenth pro year other than Asomugha? Probably nobody. Tillman became a starter during his rookie year and despite suffering numerous, continual and degrading injuries, he has only missed 14 games in nine NFL seasons. The thing about Tillman is his play has never declined to this point. “Peanut” may not have the speed or big-play ability that some other corners have. But he is physical, reliable, durable, and leads the NFL in forced fumbles since 2003. In the author’s opinion, there has been an overall dearth of talent at the cornerback position in the Bears’ storied history. Indeed I told the Sun-Times in 2011 that in my opinion, Tillman is the best Bears cornerback since 1977. This man will definitely find himself in the BearsHistory.com Chicago Bears Ring of Honor when his playing days are over. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen for a few more years.