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Bear necessity

Bears thrilled to get Michigan WR Terrell with No. 8 pick

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Posted: Saturday April 21, 2001 3:44 PM
Updated: Saturday April 21, 2001 6:02 PM

  David Terrell David Terrell had 14 touchdown receptions for Michigan last season. AP

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- David Terrell didn't think he'd have to wait as long as he did to hear his name called at the NFL Draft.

But when he heard who took him, he couldn't have been happier about the wait.

The Chicago Bears took the Michigan receiver with the eighth overall pick in the draft Saturday. He's the Bears highest-drafted receiver since Curtis Conway was the No. 7 pick in 1993.

"How does it feel? It feels good," said Terrell, who is good friends with the Chicago Bulls' Jamal Crawford, a former Wolverine.

"It's got a great, great, great tradition in football, great fans who are supportive. I'm in a great situation here in Chicago."

Bears' First-Round Draft Picks
Year  Player  Pos.  College 
2001  David Terrell  WR  Michigan 
2000  Brian Urlacher  LB  New Mexico  
1999  Cade McNown  QB  UCLA 
1998  Curtis Enis  RB  Penn State 
1997  NO PICK       
1996  Walt Harris  DB  Mississippi State 
1995  Rashaan Salaam  RB  Colorado 
1994  John Thierry  DE  Alcorn State 
1993  Curtis Conway  WR  USC 
1992  Alonzo Spellman  DE  Ohio State 
1991  Stan Thomas  OT  Texas 
1990  Mark Carrier  USC 
1989  Donnell Woolford  DB  Clemson  
   Trace Armstrong  DE  Florida  
1988  Brad Muster  FB  Stanford 
   Wendell Davis  WR  Louisiana State  
1987  Jim Harbaugh  QB  Michigan 
1986  Neal Anderson  RB  Florida 
1985  William Perry  DT  Clemson 
1984  Wilber Marshall  LB  Florida 
1983  Jim Covert  OT  Pittsburgh 
   Willie Gault  WR  Tennessee  
1982  Jim McMahon  QB  Brigham Young 
1981  Keith Van Horne  OT  Arkansas 
1980  Otis Wilson  LB  Louisville 
1979  Dan Hampton  DT  Arkansas  
   Al Harris  DE  Arizona State 
1978  NO PICK       
1977  Ted Albrecht  OT  California 
1976  Dennis Lick  OT  Wisconsin  
1975  Walter Payton  RB  Jackson State 
1974  Waymond Bryant  LB  Tennessee State 
   Dave Gallagher  DE  Michigan  
1973  Wally Chambers  DT  Eastern Kentucky 
1972  Lionel Antoine  OT  Southern Illinois  
1971  Joe Moore  RB  Missouri 
1970  NO PICK       
1969  Rufus Mayes  OT  Ohio State 
1968  Mike Hull  RB  USC 
1967  Loyd Phillips  DE  Arkansas 
1966  George Rice  DT  Louisiana State 
1965  Dick Butkus  LB  Illinois  
   Gale Sayers  RB  Kansas  
   Steve DeLong  DE  Tennessee  
1964  Dick Every  DT  Tennessee 
1963  Dave Behrman  Michigan State  
1961  Ronnie Bull  RB  Baylor 
1960  Roger Davis  Syracuse 
1959  Don Clark  HB  Ohio State 
1958  Chuck Howley  LB  West Virginia 
1957  Earl Leggett  DT  Louisiana State 
1956  Menan "Tex" Schriewer  Texas 
1955  Ron Drzewiecki  HB  Marquette 
1954  Stan Wallace  HB  Illinois 
1953  Billy Anderson  HB  Compton JC 
1952  Jim Dooley  FL  Miami (Fla.) 
1951  Bob Williams  QB  Notre Dame  
   Billy Stone  HB  Bradley  
   Gene Scroeder  Virginia 
1950  Chuck Hunsinger  HB  Florida 
1950  Harper Davis  HB  Mississippi State  
1949  Dick Harris  Texas 
1948  Bobby Layne  QB  Texas  
   Max Baumgardner  Texas 
1947  Bob Fenimore  HB  Oklahoma State 
   Dick Kindt  HB  Wisconsin 
1946  Johnny Lujack  QB  Notre Dame 
1945  Don Lund  HB  Michigan 
1944  Ray Evans  HB  Kansas 
1943  Bob Steuber  HB  Missouri 
1942  Frankie Albert  QB  Stanford 
1941  Tom Harmon  HB  Michigan 
   Norm Standlee  FB  Stanford  
   Don Scott  HB  Ohio State 
1940  Clyde Turner  C-LB  Hardin-Simmons 
1939  Sid Luckman  QB  Columbia 
   Bill Osmanski  FB  Holy Cross 
1938  Joe Gray  HB  Oregon State 
1937  Les McDonald  Nebraska 
1936  Joe Stydahar  West Virginia 
 
 

The situation got even better when the Bears took Terrell's Wolverine teammate, running back Anthony Thomas, in the second round.

"It's a great experience. We did a lot together at Michigan and now it's time to take the next step," Thomas said. "I'm glad we'll be taking it together."

Terrell, the first receiver in Michigan history with two 1,000-yard seasons, left college a year early expecting to be one of the first picks in the draft. His 152 career catches were second most in Michigan history, and he was third in yards receiving with 2,317.

He's fast (4.38 in the 40-yard dash), big (6-2 5/8) and has a 38-inch vertical leap.

But some teams might have been scared off by a stress fracture in his right foot, an injury he played with all last year.

"If it was [a concern] we would have addressed it differently. Our doctors were fine with it," said Mark Hatley, the Bears vice president of player personnel.

Terrell said he's not worried about his foot, either. Even with the injury, he caught 67 passes for a school-record 1,130 yards and 14 touchdowns last year.

"I took care of that and rested it," he said. "Me falling to the eighth, if that's what it was, that's what it was. But now I'm a Chicago Bear and I'm going to prepare myself to get on the field and be productive next year."

Though many mock drafts had the Bears taking California defensive end Andre Carter, San Francisco pulled off a last-minute trade with Seattle to get him. The 49ers swapped their No. 9 for Seattle's No. 7.

Even if Carter had been available, Hatley said the Bears still would have taken Terrell.

"We'd already made up our mind," Hatley said. "[Terrell] thinks he'll be able to put points on the board and that's something we wanted to address with the draft."

Though wide receiver is one area where the Bears actually have some depth, improving their horrendous red zone production last year was a priority.

Chicago got inside the 20-yard line only 26 times last season, scoring 11 touchdowns and 11 field goals.

Thomas can help there, too. The "A-Train," a semifinalist for the Doak Walker award last year, set Michigan records with 4,472 career yards rushing, 924 carries and 55 touchdowns.

He also had 810 yards receiving, and his 6,002 career all-purpose yards is second-best in Michigan history.

Bears head coach Dick Jauron said they'll play Terrell at flanker, which means some stiff competition if he wants to start his rookie year. Bobby Engram, Chicago's leading receiver in 1998 and '99, is expected back after missing most of last season with a knee injury.

Marty Booker and D'Wayne Bates also play flanker.

"We wouldn't plug [Terrell] in right now as a starter. We fully expect him to compete," Jauron said. "We drafted him that high ... and we think he's got the ability to take that job.

"We believe he's an every down player. If he wins the job, he's going to be out there all the time."

Terrell also gives the Bears some insurance at split end. Though Marcus Robinson is one of the league's top young receivers, he missed the last four games last year with a bulging disk in his lower back. Terrell played both flanker and split end at Michigan.

Terrell said he doesn't care where he plays. Just put him somewhere on the field.

"My greatest strength is just knowing I'm a winner, knowing I'm going to do whatever it takes to get it done," he said. "I came in to start and be a productive guy.

"I've won at every level I've played, and I'm not going to stop that."


 
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