List of Chicago Bears first-round draft picks

The Chicago Bears are an American football franchise based in Chicago, Illinois. They are members of the National Football Conference (NFC) North division in the National Football League (NFL).[1] They participated in the first ever NFL draft in 1936 and selected Joe Stydahar, a tackle from West Virginia University. Stydahar went to have a stellar career with the franchise and is inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The team's most recent first round selection (2018) was Roquan Smith, an inside linebacker from Georgia. The Bears have not had first round selections a total of six times, most recently in 2010.[2] The Bears have only selected the number one overall pick in the draft twice, choosing Tom Harmon in 1941 and Bob Fenimore in 1947. The team's six selections from the University of Texas are the most chosen by the Bears from one program. Nine of the first round selections have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Every year during April, each NFL franchise seeks to add new players to its roster through a collegiate draft known as "the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting", which is more commonly known as the NFL Draft. The NFL Draft, as a whole, gives the advantage to the teams that did poorly the previous season. The 30 teams that did not make the Super Bowl are ranked in order so the team with the worst record picks first and the team with the best record pick last. The two exceptions to this inverse order are made for teams that appeared in the previous Super Bowl; the Super Bowl champion selects 32nd overall, and the Super Bowl loser selects 31st overall. If the franchise so chooses, they may trade their draft picks for any combination of draft picks, players, and money.[3]


Table key
^ Indicates the player was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
 *  Selected number one overall
Indicates the player was selected for the Pro Bowl at any time in their career.
The Bears did not draft a player in the first round that year.
Year Each year links to an article about that particular NFL Draft.
Pick Indicates the number of the pick within the first round
Position Indicates the position of the player in the NFL
College The player's college football team

Player selections

Brian Urlacher
Brian Urlacher was selected by the Bears in 2000 in the first round.
Grossman in a post-game interview in 2006
Rex Grossman is the second most recent quarterback selected in the first round by the Bears in 2003.
Cedric Benson in 2007
Cedric Benson was selected in 2004 by the team with the 4th overall pick.
Greg Olsen
Greg Olsen was the Bears first round pick in 2007.
Gabe Carimi ASU
Gabe Carimi was selected in the first round in 2011.
Chicago Bears first-round draft picks
Year Pick Player name Position College Notes
1936 6 Joe Stydahar ^ Offensive tackle West Virginia
1937 6 Les McDonald End Nebraska
1938 10 Joe Gray Halfback Oregon State
1939 2 Sid Luckman ^ Quarterback Columbia [a]
1939 6 Bill Osmanski Fullback Holy Cross
1940 7 Clyde Turner ^ Center/Linebacker Hardin-Simmons
1941 1 Tom Harmon* Halfback Michigan [b]
1941 3 Norm Standlee Fullback Stanford [c]
1941 9 Don Scott Halfback Ohio State
1942 10 Frankie Albert Quarterback Stanford
1943 9 Bob Steuber Halfback Missouri/DePauw
1944 9 Ray Evans Halfback Kansas
1945 11 Don Lund Halfback Michigan
1946 4 Johnny Lujack Quarterback Notre Dame
1947 1 Bob Fenimore* Halfback Oklahoma State [d]
1947 11 Dick Kindt Halfback Wisconsin
1948 3 Bobby Layne ^ Quarterback Texas [e]
1948 10[4] Max Bumgardner Defensive end Texas
1949 11[5] Dick Harris Center Texas
1950 3 Chuck Hunsinger Halfback Florida [f]
1950 10 Fred Morrison Halfback Ohio State
1951 2[6] Bob Williams Quarterback Notre Dame [g]
1951 10 Billy Stone Halfback Bradley [h]
1951 12[7] Gene Schroeder Defensive end/Defensive back Virginia
1952 8 Jim Dooley End/halfback Miami
1953 6[8] Billy Anderson Halfback/Defensive back[8] Compton JC[8]
1954 6 Stan Wallace Halfback Illinois
1955 11 Ron Drzewiecki Halfback Marquette
1956 10 Menan Schriewer End Texas
1957 13 Earl Leggett Defensive tackle Louisiana State
1958 7 Chuck Howley Linebacker/Guard West Virginia
1959 7 Don Clark Halfback Ohio State
1960 7 Roger Davis Guard Syracuse
1961 5 Mike Ditka ^ Tight end Pittsburgh
1962 7 Ronnie Bull Halfback Baylor
1963 11 Dave Behrman Center Michigan State [i]
1964 14 Dick Evey Defensive tackle Tennessee
1965 3 Dick Butkus ^ Linebacker Illinois [j]
1965 4 Gale Sayers ^ Halfback Kansas
1965 6 Steve DeLong Defensive end Tennessee [k]
1966 12 George Rice Defensive tackle Louisiana State
1967 10 Loyd Phillips Defensive end Arkansas
1968 16 Mike Hull Halfback Southern California
1969 14 Rufus Mayes Offensive tackle Ohio State
1970 No pick [l]
1971 11 Joe Moore Halfback Missouri
1972 3 Lionel Antoine Offensive tackle Southern Illinois [m]
1972 12 Craig Clemons Safety/Defensive back Iowa
1973 8 Wally Chambers Defensive tackle Eastern Kentucky
1974 4 Waymond Bryant Linebacker Tennessee State
1974 20 Dave Gallagher Defensive end Michigan [n]
1975 4 Walter Payton ^ Halfback Jackson State
1976 8 Dennis Lick Offensive tackle Wisconsin [o]
1977 15 Ted Albrecht Offensive tackle California
1978 No pick [p]
1979 4 Dan Hampton ^ Defensive tackle Arkansas [q]
1979 9 Al Harris Defensive end Arizona State
1980 19 Otis Wilson Linebacker Louisville
1981 11 Keith Van Horne Offensive tackle Southern California
1982 5 Jim McMahon Quarterback Brigham Young
1983 6 Jim Covert Offensive tackle Pittsburgh
1983 18 Willie Gault Wide receiver Tennessee [r]
1984 11 Wilber Marshall Linebacker Florida
1985 22 William Perry Defensive tackle Clemson
1986 27 Neal Anderson Halfback Florida
1987 26 Jim Harbaugh Quarterback Michigan
1988 23 Brad Muster Fullback Stanford
1988 27 Wendell Davis Wide receiver Louisiana State [s]
1989 11 Donnell Woolford Defensive back Clemson
1989 12 Trace Armstrong Defensive end Florida [s]
1990 6 Mark Carrier Safety Southern California
1991 22 Stan Thomas Offensive tackle Texas
1992 22 Alonzo Spellman Defensive end Ohio State
1993 7 Curtis Conway Wide receiver Southern California
1994 11 John Thierry Defensive end Alcorn State
1995 21 Rashaan Salaam Halfback Colorado
1996 13 Walt Harris Defensive back Mississippi State
1997 No pick [t]
1998 5 Curtis Enis Halfback Penn State
1999 12 Cade McNown Quarterback UCLA [u]
2000 9 Brian Urlacher ^ Linebacker/Safety New Mexico
2001 8 David Terrell Wide receiver Michigan
2002 29 Marc Colombo Offensive tackle Boston College
2003 14 Michael Haynes Defensive end Penn State [v]
2003 22 Rex Grossman Quarterback Florida [v]
2004 14 Tommie Harris Defensive tackle Oklahoma
2005 4 Cedric Benson Halfback Texas
2006 No pick (traded to Buffalo) [w]
2007 31 Greg Olsen Tight end Miami
2008 14 Chris Williams Offensive tackle Vanderbilt
2009 No pick (traded to Denver for Jay Cutler) [x]
2010 No pick (traded to Denver for Jay Cutler) [x]
2011 29 Gabe Carimi Offensive tackle Wisconsin
2012 19 Shea McClellin Defensive end Boise State
2013 20 Kyle Long Offensive tackle Oregon
2014 14 Kyle Fuller Cornerback Virginia Tech
2015 7 Kevin White Wide receiver West Virginia
2016 9 Leonard Floyd Linebacker Georgia
2017 2 Mitchell Trubisky Quarterback North Carolina
2018 8 Roquan Smith Linebacker Georgia
2019 No pick (traded to Oakland for Khalil Mack)


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  • "Chicago Bears 1st Round Draft History". Retrieved April 23, 2009.
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Bobby Layne

Robert Lawrence Layne (December 19, 1926 – December 1, 1986) was an American football quarterback who played for 15 seasons in the National Football League. He played for the Chicago Bears in 1948, the New York Bulldogs in 1949, the Detroit Lions from 1950–1958, and the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1958–1962.

Layne was selected by the Bears with the third overall pick of the 1948 NFL draft. He played college football at the University of Texas. Layne was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1968. His number, 22, has been retired by the University of Texas Longhorns and Detroit Lions.

Cedric Benson

Cedric Myron Benson (born December 28, 1982) is a former American football running back. He played college football for the University of Texas, and was recognized as a consensus All-American. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL) fourth overall in the 2005 NFL Draft, and also played for the Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers.

Chuck Hunsinger

Charles Ray Hunsinger (July 25, 1925 – March 23, 1998) was an American college and professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) and the Canadian Football League (CFL) for six seasons during the 1950s. Hunsinger played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he played professionally for the Chicago Bears of the NFL and the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL.

Max Bumgardner

Max Bumgardner (May 13, 1923 – April 12, 2005) was an American football defensive back. After earning his B.S. in Physical Education from the University of Texas in 1948, he was drafted to play professionally by the Chicago Bears, but was sent to the Detroit Lions. He played for just one year.

Menan Schriewer

Menan Clyde Schriewer (September 20, 1934 – December 30, 2013) was an American football and Canadian football end. He attended Texas, and was a three-year letterman. Schriewer led the Longhorns in receiving in his junior and senior years, and recorded a total of 42 receptions for 690 yards and four touchdowns in his career. Schriewer was drafted by the Chicago Bears of the National Football League in the first round (tenth overall) of the 1956 NFL Draft. However, Schriewer eventually joined the Canadian Football League's Toronto Argonauts, who offered Schriewer more money. With the Argonauts, Schriewer was named CFL All-Star in 1957. Schriewer joined the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1959, but rejoined the Argos a year later. He was inducted into the Longhorns Hall of Honor in 2009. In Schriewer's honor, the Menan Schriewer Offensive Lineman of the Award is created.Schriewer died on December 30, 2013 at the age of 79. He was survived by his wife Sandra Jefferies Schriewer, six children, brothers Charles and Alan, thirteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Neal Anderson

Charles Neal Anderson (born August 14, 1964) is an American former college and professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for eight seasons during the 1980s and 1990s. Anderson played college football for the University of Florida. He was a first-round pick in the 1986 NFL Draft, and he played professionally for the Chicago Bears of the NFL.

Rex Grossman

Rex Daniel Grossman III (born August 23, 1980) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League for nine seasons. Grossman played college football for the University of Florida. He was selected by the Chicago Bears in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft, and has also played professionally for the NFL's Houston Texans, Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, and Atlanta Falcons.

As a college quarterback, Grossman led the Florida Gators to the 2000 Southeastern Conference (SEC) championship, the 2001 Sugar Bowl, the 2002 Orange Bowl, and the 2003 Outback Bowl. He was a consensus first-team All-American and was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in 2001.

Grossman spent most of his first three NFL seasons with the Chicago Bears sidelined with injuries. He completed his first full NFL season in 2006, leading the Bears to a National Football Conference Championship and a Super Bowl berth. He lost his starting job three weeks into the 2007 season, and primarily served as the team's backup quarterback afterward. He spent a year as a back-up quarterback for the Houston Texans in 2009, before becoming the Washington Redskins' starting quarterback in the final three games of 2010; and throughout most of the 2011 season. He was also a backup quarterback for the Cleveland Browns and Atlanta Falcons in 2014 and 2015, but never made a regular season appearance with either team.

Trace Armstrong

Raymond Lester "Trace" Armstrong III (born October 5, 1965), is an American former American football defensive end in the National Football League (NFL) for fifteen seasons from the late 1980s to the early 2000s. He played college football for Arizona State University and the University of Florida, and was recognized as an All-American. A first-round (12th overall) pick in the 1989 NFL Draft, he played professionally for the Chicago Bears, the Miami Dolphins and the Oakland Raiders. He was formerly the president of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), and he currently works as a sports agent.

Wilber Marshall

Wilber Buddyhia Marshall (born April 18, 1962) is an American former college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for five teams from 1984 until 1995. Marshall played college football for the University of Florida, was twice recognized as a consensus All-American, and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.

He was selected in the first round of the 1984 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears and played in Super Bowl XX. Marshall later was part of the Super Bowl XXVI-winning Washington Redskins team, and also played for the Houston Oilers and Arizona Cardinals before finishing his career with the New York Jets.

Retired numbers
Key personnel
Division championships (21)
Conference championships (4)
League championships (9)
Current league affiliations
Seasons (100)
Chicago Bears first-round draft picks

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