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10 fun facts about Bears' No. 10 draft pick

New Bears OL Darnell Wright
New Bears OL Darnell Wright

The Bears selected Tennessee offensive tackle Darnell Wright with the 10th pick in the NFL Draft Thursday night. Here are 10 factoids about the No. 10 choice:

(1) Wright is the first offensive lineman the Bears have drafted in the first round since they picked Kyle Long at No. 20 in 2013.

Long was selected to the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons, the first two at right guard and the third at right tackle. He spent his entire NFL career with the Bears, appearing in 77 games with 76 starts over seven seasons.

(2) Wright is the highest offensive lineman the Bears have drafted since they chose Hall of Fame tackle Jimbo Covert out of Pittsburgh at No. 6 in 1983. 

Covert spent his entire eight-year NFL career with the Bears. He was a two-time first-team All-Pro who helped the Bears win six division championships, one conference title and Super Bowl XX.

(3) Wright is the Bears' fourth first-round pick from Tennessee and first since receiver Willie Gault was chosen at No. 18 in 1983. 

The others were defensive tackle Dick Evey at No. 14 in 1964 and defensive end Steve DeLong at No. 6 in 1965.

(4) Wright is the eighth player the Bears have drafted with the No. 10 pick, but the first since 1967 when defensive end Lloyd Phillips was chosen. 

The others were running back Joe Gray in 1938, quarterback Frankie Albert in 1942, center Dick Harris in 1949, fullback Fred Morrison in 1950, running back Billy Stone in 1951 and end Tex Schriewer in 1956.

(5) The Bears have now drafted offensive linemen with five of their last nine picks dating back to last year.

In general manager Ryan Poles' first draft in 2022, he selected Braxton Jones in the fifth round, Zachary Thomas and Doug Kramer Jr. in the sixth and Ja'Tyre Carter in the seventh.

(6) The Bears traded down in the first round for the first time since 2006 when they dealt the No. 26 pick to the Bills for picks in the second (No. 42) and third (No. 73) rounds that they spent on safety Danieal Manning and defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek, respectively.

(7) The Bears traded down twice in the first round for the first time since 2003.

In March, they sent the No. 1 pick to the Panthers in exchange for receiver DJ Moore and draft choices in the first (No. 9) and second rounds (No. 61) this year, the first round in 2024 and the second round in 2025. They moved down again Thursday night from No. 9 to 10, acquiring a 2024 fourth-round pick from the Eagles, who chose Georgia defensive tackle Jalen Carter.

In 2003, the Bears sent the No. 4 pick to the Jets in exchange for two first-round picks at Nos. 13 and 22 plus a fourth-round choice (No. 116). They moved down again from No. 13 to 14 and took defensive end Michael Haynes, acquiring a sixth-round selection (No. 193) they traded to the Jaguars. They followed by choosing quarterback Rex Grossman at No. 22 and defensive tackle Ian Scott at No. 116.

(8) Five of the 42 mock drafts compiled by correctly had the Bears selecting Wright in the first round.

Josh Schrock of NBC Sports Chicago predicted that the Bears would trade down to 11 to take Wright, while Aaron Leming of Bear Report projected they'd move down to 17 to select the Tennessee product.

Charles Davis of, Adam Hoge of CHGO Sports and Zack Pearson all had Wright mocked to the Bears at No. 9.

(9) The Bears acquired a fourth-round pick in a trade with the Eagles for the second time in six months.

Last Oct. 26, they dealt veteran defensive end Robert Quinn to Philadelphia for a fourth-round pick in this year's draft, No. 133. On Thursday night, they obtained a 2024 fourth-round selection to move down from No. 9 to 10.

(10) Three Hall of Famers have been selected with the 10th pick in the draft: Running back Marcus Allen by the Raiders in 1982, defensive back Rod Woodson by the Steelers in 1985 and running back Jerome Bettis by the Rams in 1993.

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