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Where do Bears pick throughout draft?


Wondering about a player, a past game or another issue involving the Bears? Senior writer Larry Mayer answers a variety of email questions from fans on

Where do the Bears pick in each round of the draft?

Dennis N.
New Haven, Connecticut

The Bears have the following nine picks in this year's draft: No. 11 in the first round, No. 41 in the second, No. 72 in the third, Nos. 106 and 127 in the fourth, No. 150 in the fifth, Nos. 185 and 206 in the sixth and No. 230 in the seventh. The Bears acquired the 127th pick from the Patriots in their trade for tight end Martellus Bennett and the 206th choice from the Panthers in last year's deal for defensive end Jared Allen.

With Kevin White not playing a down his entire first NFL season due to injury, will he be eligible to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award this year?

Don F.
Oswego, Illinois

No, Kevin White won't be eligible for any rookie awards. Even though he spent his entire first season on the physically unable to perform list, he still accrued a year of NFL service and will be considered a second-year player in 2016.  

Is it fair to say that the 1985 Bears offensive line does not get as much credit as it should? It favorably compared to much lauded lines such as the Redskins in the 1980s and the Cowboys in the 1990s.


I think it's absolutely fair to say that the Bears offensive lines of the mid-1980s don't get enough credit. The unit helped the Bears lead the NFL in rushing for four straight seasons from 1983-86. That, of course, includes the 1985 Super Bowl championship season that featured Jimbo Covert at left tackle, Mark Bortz at left guard, Jay Hilgenberg at center, Tom Thayer at right guard and Keith Van Horne at right tackle. The defense received most of the attention, and rightly so given the unit's dominance. But the offensive line deserves more credit than it receives. ESPN's "30-for-30" is a perfect example. While I thought the documentary was extremely well done and very compelling, the one issue I had with it is that the offensive line was barely mentioned, even though Covert was one of the players interviewed in the piece.

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