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5 fun historical facts about No. 50 pick in draft


The Bears' second pick in the 2020 NFL Draft is at No. 50 overall. It's the 18th selection in the second round based off their 8-8 finish last season.

Here are five fun historical facts about the No. 50 choice in the draft:

1. The Bears have selected five players with the No. 50 pick in the first 84 NFL drafts. But Florida linebacker Jon Bostic in 2013 is the only one since World War II.

Bostic spent his first two NFL seasons with the Bears, appearing in 29 games with 17 starts at middle linebacker and recording 142 tackles, nine tackles-for-loss, one interception, two sacks and one fumble recovery.

Bostic has played for five teams the past five seasons. He was traded by the Bears to the Patriots on Sept. 28, 2015 in exchange for a 2016 sixth-round pick (204th overall). After spending the 2016 season on injured reserve with the Lions, Bostic has been a regular starter the past three years with the Colts (2017), Steelers (2018) and Redskins (2019).

The other four players the Bears have drafted at No. 50 have been running back Ted Christofferson (1936), end Bob Masterson (1938), running back Harry Burris (1942) and running back Wayne Shaw (1945). None of the four ever played a regular-season game with the Bears.

2. Since 1995, three of the 25 players selected at No. 50 in the NFL Draft have been voted to a Pro Bowl. Here's a capsule look at the trio:

  • 1995: Bobby Taylor, Notre Dame cornerback (Eagles)

Taylor appeared in 129 NFL games with 109 starts in 10 seasons with the Eagles (1995-2003) and Seahawks (2004). He registered 19 interceptions—returning two for touchdowns—along with 384 tackles, 10 tackles-for-loss, four sacks, 11 fumble recoveries and six forced fumbles. In 2002, Taylor made his lone Pro Bowl appearance and was named first-team All-Pro after recording a career-high five interceptions, one of which he returned for a TD.

  • 2006: Marcus McNeill, Auburn left tackle (Chargers)

McNeill spent his entire six-year NFL career with the Chargers, starting all 82 games he played from 2006-11. In each of his first two seasons, McNeill started all 16 contests and was named to the Pro Bowl. He sustained a neck injury in a 2011 game against the Raiders that forced him to retire from the NFL at the age of 28.

  • 2008: Calais Campbell, Miami defensive end (Cardinals)

The most successful No. 50 pick over the last quarter century, Campbell has been voted to five Pro Bowls in 12 NFL seasons, including the last three with the Jaguars. He has appeared in 186 games with 168 starts with the Cardinals (2008-16) and Jaguars (2017-2019), recording 88 sacks, 696 tackles, 151 tackles-for loss, 14 forced fumbles and 11 fumble recoveries, three of which he's returned for touchdowns. In March, Campbell was traded to the Ravens in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick.

3. The only No. 50 pick in NFL history enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame is former Chiefs defensive end Willie Lanier. He spent his entire 11-year pro career with Kansas City from 1967-77. Lanier was named an AFL all-star in 1968 and '69 and was then voted to six straight Pro Bowls from 1970-75 after the AFL/NFL merger. Lanier was selected to both the NFL's 75th and 100th Anniversary All-Time teams and inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1986.

4. The brothers of former Bears defensive tackle William "Refrigerator" Perry and current Bears assistant offensive line coach Donovan Raiola were both selected with the No. 50 pick in the draft.

Michael Dean Perry, a defensive tackle from Clemson, was chosen by the Browns in 1988. He was voted to six Pro Bowls in 11 NFL seasons with the Browns (1988-94), Broncos (1995-97) and Chiefs (1997), appearing in 148 games with 127 starts.

Dominic Raiola, who played on the same offensive line with former Bears center Olin Kreutz at St. Louis High School in Honolulu, was a center chosen by the Lions in 2001. He spent his entire 14-year NFL career with Detroit from 2001-14, appearing in 219 games with 203 starts.

5. The position that has been addressed most with the No. 50 pick over the last 25 drafts has been cornerback with six. Linebacker is second with four, followed by center and receiver with three apiece. The only position that has not been picked has been defensive tackle. Since 1995, 13 of the No. 50 selections have been spent on offensive players and 12 on defensive players.

The only quarterback chosen at No. 50 in the last 25 drafts has been Tulane's Shaun King by the Buccaneers in 1999. King appeared in 34 NFL games with 24 starts over six seasons with the Buccaneers (1999-2003) and Cardinals (2004), completing 56.2 percent of his passes for 4,566 yards with 27 touchdowns, 24 interceptions and a 73.4 passer rating.

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