All of my other offseason content (Lost Leagues, Draft Scratchers, etc.) will return starting on Sunday (just needed a week off). This series will run alongside those, and will be daily, running from 6/1 to 7/2.
I call it Draft Facts. I analyze every single pick that each team made, but not from a performance standpoint, but rather, from a historical standpoint. Think of it like a weird stats edition of the NFL Draft. This is about a team's history with drafting players out of that school, the history of that school in the draft, and the historical perspective of the pick.
I'm going to go division by division, so we'll start with the NFC North. Today's team... the Chicago Bears
Mitch Trubisky: Prior to the 2017 NFL Draft, there had only been one QB out of UNC taken in the first seven rounds of the draft, which was when the Philadelphia Eagles selected Jack Cummings in the fourth round of the 1960 NFL Draft. He never played a down in the NFL. Mitch Trubisky becomes the first UNC QB taken in the first three rounds of the draft, and becomes just the second UNC QB taken in the draft since 1976 (the other being TJ Yates by the Texans in 2011). Trubisky is the first player that Chicago has ever taken out of UNC in the first round; prior to Trubisky, the Bears had never taken a UNC player higher than the ninth round, when they chose guard Ray Bray in 1939 with the 76th pick. Trubisky becomes the highest pick out of UNC in school history, tied with Ken Willard (San Francisco, 1965), Lawrence Taylor (NY Giants, 1981), and Julius Peppers (Carolina, 2002) as the other UNC players chosen second overall. This is the third time in the last five years that UNC has had a player taken in the top ten of the draft, as Jonathan Cooper was taken by the Cardinals in 2013 with pick #7, and Eric Ebron was taken by the Lions in 2014 with pick #10.
Adam Shaheen: Prior to the 2017 NFL Draft, there had never been an offensive player selected out of Ashland. That changed when the Chicago Bears took tight end Adam Shaheen in the second round. Shaheen becomes the highest pick in Ashland history; the previous highest pick by round was when the Jaguars chose Jeris Pendleton in the 2012 NFL Draft in the seventh round with the 228th pick, while the previous highest pick by number was when the Eagles chose Len Pettigrew in the ninth round with the 211th pick.
Eddie Jackson: This marks the second time in the last 3 years that an Alabama player was taken with the 112th pick in the NFL Draft. In 2015, Washington chose Alabama guard Arie Kouandjio with pick #112, and this year, Chicago chose Alabama safety Eddie Jackson. Additionally, this is the second time that Chicago has taken an Alabama defensive back in the fourth round; in 1976, with the 108th pick, they chose Wayne Rhodes, but he never ended up playing a down. This is the first time Chicago has chosen an Alabama player since 2006, when they chose defensive end Mark Anderson in the fifth round. While they have taken nine Alabama players before, they have not drafted an offensive player since they chose wide receiver Wayne Wheeler in the third round of the 1974 NFL Draft. In recent years, when the Bears draft out of Alabama, they go for a defensive player.
Tarik Cohen: Cohen is not the first player out of NC A&T to be drafted by the Bears. In 1955, with the 179th pick in round 15, they chose fullback JD Smith. However, Cohen is just the second player since 1998 to be drafted out of NC A&T, and the first one since Green Bay drafted guard Junius Coston with pick #143 in the fifth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. Cohen becomes the first offensive player drafted out of NC A&T since the Pittsburgh Steelers chose Jamian Stephens with their first round pick (pick #29) in the 1996 NFL Draft, and Cohen becomes the first halfback out of NC A&T taken since 1984, when the Minnesota Vikings chose halfback Mike Jones with the 321st pick (round 12) in the draft.
Jordan Morgan: This is the first time that a Kutztown player has been drafted since 1996, when the Denver Broncos chose linebacker John Mobley with the fifteenth pick in the first round. Morgan becomes just the fourth player ever taken out of Kutztown, and the first on the offensive line. The last time an offensive player was taken out of Kutztown was in 1985, when the Bills chose wide receiver Andre Reed with the 86th pick in round 4. Safe to say that pick turned out pretty well for Buffalo, as he wound up in the Hall of Fame.
Tomorrow's Team: Detroit Lions
Submitted June 01, 2017 at 11:21AM by JaguarGator9
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