RIchard Dent is one of the Bears' all-time draft finds, selected in the eighth round out of Tennessee State in 1983. The franchise's all-time sacks leader with 124 1/2, and the MVP of Super Bowl XX, doesn't think highly of the drafting that is going on these days at Halas Hall however.
Appearing on The Monty Show on Sporting News Radio, Dent criticized the drafting that has been done by the Bears in recent years, particularly the double first-round flops of Michael Haynes and Rex Grossman from 2003, the year Dent was an assistant on Dick Jauron's staff.
"The judging of talent is not great,'' Dent said. "When I look at, you know you bring in a quarterback and you give him 1,000 shots and now you say you want to compete and you've got a kid [Kyle Orton] that's playing well but you want someone to compete against him. Obviously, you know Rex came in, you got him in the first round with Michael Haynes and you lose two first rounders and we're not doing anything without draft picks.
"It just doesn't look well, you know [Devin] Hester, to me he should have been the lead receiver the first eight games, but you didn't see him get the ball till the latter part of the season. I don't know if the coaches know how to take advantage of what they have, I think we're trying to make players [fit] into a system [instead of saying], 'Let me think out of the box, let me create a system.' You're down one game to get into the playoffs and you lose the game with  seconds [remaining at Atlanta]. I don't know if they mentally weren't strong enough, they weren't tackling, they weren't in shape, they couldn't finish games. The city is all about defense. Offensively, we may struggle, but defensively we're gonna kick tail all the time.''
Dent was also asked about his chances for the Hall of Fame. He is one of 17 finalists and voting will take place Jan. 31 in Tampa, the day before Super Bowl XLIII.
"It's like the lottery,'' Dent said. ``At some point in this lottery I keep my name in it, I don't get kicked out. I look forward to the opportunity. What means most to me are the people that have helped me. There's a couple of people who are getting old, I would love to give them their due. Hopefully they can hold on.''