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List of Chicago Bears first-round draft picks

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


  • a Luckman was initially drafted by Pittsburgh Pirates but immediately traded to Bears. Prior to the 1938 season, the Chicago Bears made a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates.[9] In this trade, Chicago took over the contract of end Ed Manske and Pittsburgh sent the rights to their pick (Luckman) in exchange.[10]
  • b Pick acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles.[11]
  • c Pick acquired from the Pittsburgh Steelers.[11]
  • d Pick was a lottery bonus pick.[12]
  • e Pick acquired from Detroit through Pittsburgh.[13]
  • f Acquired from New York Bulldogs.[14]
  • g Acquired from the Baltimore Colts.[15]
  • h Acquired from the Baltimore Colts.[15]
  • i Pick acquired from Pittsburgh Steelers.[16]
  • j Pick acquired from Pittsburgh Steelers.[17]
  • k Pick acquired from Washington Redskins.[17]
  • l Second overall selection traded to Green Bay Packers (who selected Mike McCoy) for Bob Hyland, Elijah Pitts, Lee Roy Caffey.[18]
  • m Pick acquired from New York Giants.[19]
  • n Acquired from Washington Redskins through Los Angeles Rams.[20]
  • o Pick acquired from Green Bay through Los Angeles Rams and Detroit Lions. Bears, in exchange, sent 1976 10th overall pick (James Hunter) and 68th overall pick (Russ Bolinger) to Lions.
  • p Bears traded 1978 20th overall pick (eventually Elvis Peacock) to Cleveland Browns for Mike Phipps.
  • q Bears traded Wally Chambers to Tampa Bay Buccaneers for this pick and Bobby Moore (player named later).[21]
  • r Pick acquired from Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bears traded 1982 second round selection (32nd overall Booker Reese) to Tampa Bay for a 1983 first round selection (18th overall Willie Gault).[22]
  • s Bears acquired 1988 27th overall pick (Wendell Davis) and 1989's 12th selection (Trace Armstrong) from the Washington Redskins as compensation for Washington signing free agent Wilbur Marshall.[23]
  • t Bears traded 1997 first round selection (11th overall) to the Seattle Seahawks for Rick Mirer.[24]
  • u Bears traded 1999 first round pick (7th overall) to the Washington Redskins for their 1999 first round pick (12th overall), 1999 third round pick (71 overall), 1999 fourth round pick (106 overall), 1999 fifth round pick (144 overall), and 2000 third round pick (87 overall).
  • v Bears traded their 2003 first round selection (4 overall) to the New York Jets for 2 2003 first round selections (13 and 22 overall) and 2003 fourth round pick (116 overall).[25] The Bears then traded 2003 13th overall pick to the New England Patriots for 2003 14th overall pick and a 2003 sixth round pick (193 overall).
  • w Bears traded 2006 first round pick (26 overall) to Buffalo Bills for 2006 second round pick (42 overall), and 2006 third round pick (73 overall).[26]
  • x Bears traded Kyle Orton, first round picks in 2009 (18th overall) and 2010 (11 overall), and 2009 3rd round pick (84 overall) to the Denver Broncos for Jay Cutler and a 2009 fifth round pick (140 overall) which was used by the Bears to select Johnny Knox.[2]


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  • "Chicago Bears 1st Round Draft History". Retrieved April 23, 2009.
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  2. ^ a b "Cutler goes to Bears for Orton, picks". April 2, 2009. Retrieved July 9, 2009.
  3. ^ Alder, James. "NFL Draft Basics:Determining Order of Selection". Retrieved April 23, 2009.
  4. ^ "Max Baumgardner". Retrieved April 24, 2009.
  5. ^ "1949 Chicago Bears Draft". Retrieved April 24, 2009.
  6. ^ "Bob Williams". Retrieved April 24, 2009.
  7. ^ "Gene Schroeder". Retrieved April 24, 2009.
  8. ^ a b c "Billy Anderson". Retrieved April 24, 2009.
  9. ^ "Howie Weiss Goes to Lions: Eight of 10 Seniors at University of Pittsburgh Are Snapped Up by Pro Clubs at Annual Meeting in N.Y." The Milwaukee Journal. December 10, 1938. p. 5. Retrieved May 23, 2010.
  10. ^ "Eagles Earn Right to Deal With O'Brien: Johnny Wysocki Given To Bears in Draft of College Stars". Reading Eagle. December 10, 1938. p. 9. Retrieved May 23, 2010.
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  12. ^ "Pro Football Draft History: 1947". Retrieved May 3, 2009.
  13. ^ "Pro Football Draft History: 1948". Retrieved May 1, 2009.
  14. ^ "Pro Football Draft History: 1950". Retrieved May 1, 2009.
  15. ^ a b "Pro Football Draft History: 1951". Retrieved May 1, 2009.
  16. ^ "Pro Football Draft History: 1963". Retrieved July 8, 2009.
  17. ^ a b "Pro Football Draft History: 1965". Retrieved July 8, 2009.
  18. ^ "Packers Significant Trades, 1957-2008". January 29, 2009. Archived from the original on March 16, 2009. Retrieved July 8, 2009.
  19. ^ "Pro Football Draft History: 1972". Retrieved July 8, 2009.
  20. ^ "Pro Football Draft History: 1974". Retrieved July 8, 2009.
  21. ^ Martz, Ron (April 15, 1978). "Bay Bucs sign Chambers but give up Moore". St. Petersburg Times. pp. 99 of 127. Archived from the original on January 24, 2013. Retrieved July 8, 2009.
  22. ^ "Say It Ain't So: Tampa Bay Buccaneers". 2001. Retrieved July 9, 2009.
  23. ^ Zimmerman, Paul (March 28, 1988). "Getting Free For A Big Gain". Retrieved July 9, 2009.
  24. ^ "Say It Ain't So: Chicago Bears". 2001. Retrieved July 9, 2009.
  25. ^ "Jets trade two picks to Bears for fourth overall". AP. April 25, 2003. Retrieved July 10, 2009.
  26. ^ LeGere, Bob (April 30, 2006). "Safety 1st for Bears Trade down to get Manning with draft's 42nd overall pick". Daily Herald. Arlington Heights, IL. Retrieved July 10, 2009 – via Questia Online Library.
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