In an interesting piece for the National Football Post, former college scouting director Greg Gabriel revealed that the Bears nearly selected running back James Starks in the sixth round of last April's NFL Draft. Starks ended up being selected by the Green Bay Packers later in the sixth round and emerged late in the season.
The Bears had Starks, a former running back at the University of Buffalo, rated high, and they couldn't pass him up early in the sixth round, even though they had signed veteran Chester Taylor to back up starter Matt Forte.
According to Gabriel, Bears general manager Jerry Angelo decided to draft Starks over quarterback Dan LeFevour, and contract negotiator Cliff Stein even contacted Starks' agent to have initial discussions on a contract, per the team's usual protocol.
But Angelo made a last-second change, according to Gabriel, and picked LeFevour, who ended up being released and signed by the Cincinnati Bengals. The Packers picked Starks 12 picks later, and he keyed the team's Wildcard Playoff victory over the Philadelphia Eagles with 123 rushing yards.
Check out Gabriel's full report by checking out the link below.