History of Chicago Bears First-Round NFL Draft Picks All Time

The Chicago Bears have one of the NFL's strongest legacies since 1936, and their first-round NFL Draft pick history played a large part in attaining that.

The Chicago Bears are one of the NFL’s oldest, richest franchises, and they have the first-round NFL Draft history to back up that reputation. The Bears are fighting to reclaim relevance in the modern era, but they’ll always have their legacy to fall back on — a legacy built on the back of Round 1 success.

Chicago Bears First-Round Draft Picks Throughout History

Since the Bears’ first NFL Draft in 1936, the team has selected 11 Hall of Fame players as first-round picks. Nine of those Hall of Fame selections came before 1980, however — accentuating the dichotomy between the Bears of old and the Bears today. The high point came in 1965, when Chicago selected Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers with back-to-back selections.

2024

  • Caleb Williams | Pick 1
    QB, USC
  • Rome Odunze | Pick 9
    WR, Washington

2023

  • Darnell Wright | Pick 10
    OT, Tennessee

2022

The Bears traded the seventh pick to the New York Giants.

2021

  • Justin Fields | Pick 11
    QB, Ohio State

2020

The Bears traded the 19th pick to the Las Vegas Raiders.

2019

The Bears traded the 24th pick to the Las Vegas Raiders.

2018

  • Roquan Smith | Pick 8
    ILB, Georgia

2017

  • Mitchell Trubisky | Pick 2
    QB, North Carolina

2016

  • Leonard Floyd | Pick 9
    OLB, Georgia

2015

  • Kevin White | Pick 7
    WR, West Virginia

2014

  • Kyle Fuller | Pick 14
    DB, Virginia Tech

2013

  • Kyle Long | Pick 20
    G, Oregon

2012

  • Shea McClellin | Pick 19
    DE, Boise St.

2011

  • Gabe Carimi | Pick 29
    OT, Wisconsin

2010

The Bears traded the 11th pick to the Denver Broncos.

2009

The Bears traded the 18th pick to the Denver Broncos.

2008

  • Chris Williams | Pick 14
    OT, Vanderbilt

2007

  • Greg Olsen | Pick 31
    TE, Miami (FL)

2006

The Bears traded the 26th pick to the Buffalo Bills.

2005

  • Cedric Benson | Pick 4
    RB, Texas

2004

  • Tommie Harris | Pick 14
    DT, Oklahoma

2003

  • Michael Haynes | Pick 14
    DE, Penn State
  • Rex Grossman | Pick 22
    QB, Florida

2002

  • Marc Colombo | Pick 29
    OT, Boston College

2001

  • David Terrell | Pick 8
    WR, Michigan

2000

  • Brian Urlacher* | Pick 9
    LB, New Mexico

1999

  • Cade McNown | Pick 12
    QB, UCLA

1998

  • Curtis Enis | Pick 5
    RB, Penn State

1997

The Bears traded the 11th pick to the Seattle Seahawks.

1996

  • Walt Harris | Pick 13
    DB, Mississippi State

1995

  • Rashaan Salaam | Pick 21
    RB, Colorado

1994

  • John Thierry | Pick 11
    DE, Alcorn State

1993

  • Curtis Conway | Pick 7
    WR, USC

1992

  • Alonzo Spellman | Pick 22
    DE, Ohio State

1991

  • Stan Thomas | Pick 22
    OT, Texas

1990

  • Mark Carrier | Pick 6
    DB, USC

1989

  • Donnell Woolford | Pick 11
    DB, Clemson
  • Trace Armstrong | Pick 12
    DE, Florida

1988

  • Brad Muster | Pick 23
    RB, Stanford
  • Wendell Davis | Pick 27
    WR, LSU

1987

  • Jim Harbaugh | Pick 26
    QB, Michigan

1986

  • Neal Anderson | Pick 27
    RB, Florida

1985

  • William Perry | Pick 22
    DT, Clemson

1984

  • Wilber Marshall | Pick 11
    LB, Florida

1983

  • Jimbo Covert* | Pick 6
    T, Pittsburgh
  • Willie Gault | Pick 18
    WR, Tennessee

1982

  • Jim McMahon | Pick 5
    QB, BYU

1981

  • Keith Van Horne | Pick 11
    OT, USC

1980

  • Otis Wilson | Pick 19
    LB, Louisville

1979

  • Dan Hampton* | Pick 4
    DE, Arkansas
  • Al Harris | Pick 9
    DE, Arizona State

1978

The Bears traded the 20th pick to the Cleveland Browns.

1977

  • Ted Albrecht | Pick 15
    OT, California

1976

  • Dennis Lick | Pick 8
    OT, Wisconsin

1975

  • Walter Payton* | Pick 4
    RB, Jackson State

1974

  • Waymond Bryant | Pick 4
    LB, Tenessee State
  • Dave Gallagher | Pick 20
    DE, Michigan

1973

  • Wally Chambers | Pick 8
    DT, East. Kentucky

1972

  • Lionel Antoine | Pick 3
    OT, Southern Illinois
  • Craig Clemons | Pick 12
    DB, Iowa

1971

  • Joe Moore | Pick 11
    RB, Missouri

1970

The Bears traded the second pick to the Green Bay Packers.

1969

  • Rufus Mayes | Pick 14
    OT, Ohio State

1968

  • Mike Hull | Pick 16
    RB, USC

1967

  • Loyd Phillips | Pick 10
    DE, Arkansas

1966

  • George Rice | Pick 12
    DT, LSU

1965

  • Dick Butkus* | Pick 3
    LB, Illinois
  • Gale Sayers* | Pick 4
    RB, Kansas
  • Steve DeLong | Pick 6
    DE, Tennessee

1964

  • Dick Evey | Pick 14
    DT, Tennessee

1963

  • Dave Behrman | Pick 11
    C, Michigan State

1962

  • Ronnie Bull | Pick 7
    RB, Baylor

1961

  • Mike Ditka* | Pick 5
    TE, Pittsburgh

1960

  • Roger Davis | Pick 7
    G, Syracuse

1959

  • Don Clark | Pick 7
    B, Ohio State

1958

  • Chuck Howley | Pick 7
    LB, West Virginia

1957

  • Earl Leggett | Pick 13
    DT, LSU

1956

  • Menan (Tex) Schriewer | Pick 10
    E, Texas

1955

  • Ron Drzewiecki | Pick 11
    HB, Marquette

1954

  • Stan Wallace | Pick 6
    DB, Illinois

1953

  • Billy Anderson | Pick 6
    DB, Compton CC (CA)

1952

  • Jim Dooley | Pick 8
    B, Miami (FL)

1951

  • Bob Williams | Pick 2
    QB, Notre Dame
  • Billy Stone | Pick 10
    B, Bradley
  • Gene Schroeder | Pick 12
    E, Virginia

1950

  • Chuck Hunsinger | Pick 3
    HB, Florida
  • Fred Morrison | Pick 10
    FB, Ohio State

1949

  • Dick Harris | Pick 11
    C, Texas

1948

  • Bobby Layne* | Pick 3
    QB, Texas
  • Max Bumgardner | Pick 10
    DE, Texas

1947

  • Bob Fenimore | Pick 1
    HB, Oklahoma State
  • Don Kindt | Pick 11
    DB, Wisconsin

1946

  • Johnny Lujack | Pick 4
    QB, Notre Dame

1945

  • Don Lund | Pick 7
    B, Michigan

1944

  • Ray Evans | Pick 9
    TB, Kansas

1943

  • Bob Steuber | Pick 9
    HB, DePauw

1942

  • Frankie Albert | Pick 10
    QB, Stanford

1941

  • Tom Harmon | Pick 1
    HB, Michigan
  • Norm Standlee | Pick 3
    FB, Stanford
  • Don Scott | Pick 9
    B, Ohio State

1940

  • Bulldog Turner* | Pick 7
    C, Hardin-Simmons

1939

  • Sid Luckman* | Pick 2
    QB, Columbia
  • Bill Osmanski | Pick 6
    FB, Holy Cross

1938

  • Joe Gray | Pick 10
    B, Oregon St.

1937

  • Les McDonald | Pick 8
    E, Nebraska

1936

  • Joe Stydahar* | Pick 6
    OT, West Virginia

*Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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