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These guys were brought in to help the team win, but couldn't accomplish anything on the field. Today I rank the top five worst draft picks by the Chicago Bears.
5. David Terrell
He had the skill set but couldn't make it happen at the pro level.
While at Michigan, David Terrell played in 37 games and made 21 starts. He became the first player in Michigan history to have multiple 1,000 yard receiving seasons. He decided to forego his senior season and declare for the draft.
Terrell was the eight overall pick in 2001 by Chicago. With no off field issues or severe injuries, it's hard to pinpoint exactly why he flared out in the NFL. Maybe it's because he didn't love the game, or maybe it's because of some other malignant personal reason, but in any case, Terrell was a major bust. He recorded just 128 receptions, 1,602 yards, and 9 touchdowns in four pathetic seasons. Not one season stood out statistically. With that being said, this player is a mystery.
4. Rashaan Salaam
He is one of the many disappointing Heisman trophy winners to play at the pro level.
As a junior at Colorado, Rashaan Salaam had one of the best individual seasons in college football history. He rushed for a school record 2,055 yards and becoming only the fourth college running back to run for more than 2,000 yards in a season. He also amassed 24 touchdowns and helped lead Colorado to an 11–1 record and won the 1994 Heisman trophy. He decided to forego his senior season and enter the NFL draft.
Salaam was the 21st overall pick in 1995 by Chicago. He rushed for 1,074-yards his rookie season but only averaged 3.6-yards per attempt. He played two more seasons for the Bears with his production dropping each year because of injuries and fumble problems. In 1999 he attempted a comeback with the Cleveland Browns but only played two games that season and was never able to make it back to the NFL.
3. Kevin White
Injuries cost him a promising career.
After playing two years at Lackawanna College, Kevin White transferred to West Virginia. As a senior, finished the season with 109 receptions for 1,447 yards and 10 touchdowns while being named first team All-Big 12 and second team All-American.
White was drafted seventh overall in 2015 and signed a four-year, $15 million contract. While participating in the Bears off-season program, he sustained a minor injury to his shin that held him out of several training camp practices. Shortly after returning, he suffered a stress fracture in his shin while participating in OTA's that would require surgery. He had a steel rod inserted into his left leg and missed his entire rookie season. The following year, he broke the same left leg after just four games. In 2017, he broke his shoulder in the season opener and was place on injured reserve for the third straight season. He managed just 25 receptions for 285 yards and no touchdowns in just 14 games as a Bear. White could have been on par with fellow first round rookie Amari Cooper had he been able to stay healthy. He's currently with San Francisco trying to make the active roster.
2. Cade McNown
He was brought in to be the next Jim McMahon.
In four years at UCLA, Cade McNown set many of school passing and total offense records. He also holds the distinction of being the only UCLA quarterback to go 4-0 against cross town rival USC.
McNown was selected 12th overall in 1999. Considered by many to be the most NFL ready quarterback in a draft class that also included Donovan McNabb and Dante Culpepper, Cade McNown lasted just two seasons with the Bears, compiling a 3-12 record as a starter with 16 touchdowns to 19 interceptions. He held out as a rookie, told fans who booed him to stay home from games, and once implied that a receiver he had overthrown was probably too tired and lazy to catch up to the ball. Wherever he went, he alienated coaches, teammates, and fans.
1. Curtis Enis
He continued the legacy of disappointing Penn State running backs.
At Penn State, Curtis Enis put up impressive numbers before a gift acceptance scandal ended his college career in his junior year.
Enis was the fifth overall pick in 1998 by Chicago. He initially held out and ended up missing 26 days of training camp before signing his contract two weeks before the season opener. Midway through his rookie year, he tore his ACL and was lost for the year. The next season, he came close to running for 1,000 yards finishing with 916 yards without ever rushing for more than 100 yards in a game. He was forced to retire after 2000 due to a degenerative condition in his left knee. In three seasons, he rushed for just short of 1,500 yards.
Kevin Goodwin on August 14, 2015:
Wow talk about some really bad picks.
Troy Taylor (author) from Anywhere on May 01, 2015:
It's unfortunate. The Bears have been looking for decades for the next Walter Payton. Neil Andrrson and Matt Forte were good running backs, but they can never brin what 34 brought to the table.
Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on May 01, 2015:
I remember thinking Salaam was a good pick. Boy was I wrong.