Jerry Angelo told reporters Wednesday that he was hoping to come away from one of the deeper drafts in memory not with three starters but with three players who will dress and contribute on game days.
His lowered expectations got me thinking about what kind of player the Bears will get with the 75th overall pick, which is where Angelo is slated to make his first choice on Friday night. I looked at the 75th player taken in each of the past 10 drafts and found a not-unexpected mix of key contributors, part-time performers and players who made little or no impact.
Angelo needs to hope he gets Jason Spitz or Max Starks rather than Eric Downing, Derek Ross or Seth Wand.
Here's what I found out.
In 2009, tackle Robert Brewster of Ball State was taken at No. 75 by the Cowboys only to miss his rookie season after tearing a pectoral muscle lifting weights last July.
The 49ers drafted Reggie Smith out of Oklahoma in '08. The defensive back has since become a role player with no role.
Illinois State receiver Laurent Robinson was the Falcons pick in the third round of the '07 draft. He has made nine starts and had 13 catches for 167 yards last season.
The Packers received real value when they landed guard Jason Spitz, who was an anchor on their interior line before injuring his back last season. He has made 45 starts.
Eric Green was a free-agent bust for the Dolphins and is now out of the league. Drafted by the Cardinals out of Virginia Tech in '05, the DB made 33 starts for Arizona.
Max Starks has made 61 career starts and helped anchor the line for two of the Steelers Super Bowl winners after being their pick at No 75 out of Florida in '04.
Seth Wand had less success. The former NW Missouri State standout was drafted by the Texans and made 18 career starts but only appeared in one game for the Raiders last season.
Ohio State's Derek Ross made nine starts for the Cowboys during his rookie year in 2001. The cornerback never started after that and is now out of the league.
Defensive tackle Eric Downing from Syracuse made 13 starts for the Chiefs after being drafted in '01 but hasn't played since '04.
Finally, quarterback Chris Redman was the 75th player chosen in the 2000 draft. He has started 12 games and remains a backup in Atlanta.