Jerry Angelo’s 7th Worst Draft Pick

Garrett Wolfe-RB-Northern Illinois-Round 3 2007:

Garrett Wolfe

Angelo again traded down in the ill-fated 2007 NFL draft, a year that failed to produce a single selection that is still with the team as of 2012. For the Bears’ 37th overall selection (obtained in a swap of second-round picks with the New York Jets for RB Thomas Jones), the Bears obtained from San Diego their second, third and fifth-round picks in 2007 as well as their third-rounder in 2008. With the Chargers’ third-round pick the Bears chose Wolfe. The pick was a shock to most, as the diminutive runner was predicted by most draftniks to go anywhere from the sixth round to being an undrafted free agent. Yet Angelo made the pick in a place where winning teams need to find starters. Angelo would go on to say that his organization felt so strongly about Wolfe that in the end it didn’t matter where he was selected, as long as the Bears got him. In retrospect, players Angelo might have selected rather than Wolfe included starting NFL tackles Doug Free and Jermon Bushrod, safety Dashon Goldson, or new Bears running back Michael Bush. Wolfe was tried as a gadget on offense by the Bears mostly in his rookie season, without much success. Wolfe did end up being a solid special teamer, but in his four years with the Bears only rushed 72 times for 282 yards (3.9 yard average) and a single touchdown.

4 Responses to “Jerry Angelo’s 7th Worst Draft Pick”

  1. Being an NIU grad I really thought this pick would work out, too bad for Garrett and The Beloved.

  2. I remember on one of the preseason games his rookie year Ditka saying he could be used like Dennis Gentry (draws, screens, etc.) It was disappointing he didn’t make more of an impact. Good on ST though.

  3. I always pulled for the little guy and hoped he would be more productive…he was just SO small and went down SO easy.

  4. Yeah he was the same guy as Darren Sproles, just not nearly as good of a football player.

    Sproles: 5′ 6″ 190 lbs, 23 reps at 225 lbs @ combine
    Wolfe: 5′ 7″ 185 lbs, 22 reps at 225 lbs @ combine

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