2013 NFL Draft: Looking Back at the 9th Pick Since the Year 2000, Part I

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The draft is just 13 days away, beginning on Thursday night in the great Radio City Music Hall in New York. So far we have written and reviewed mock drafts. We have profiled specific players that might be good fits with the team. Now, we are going to go ahead with a different type of “look back” today.

What we are doing today, is going back to the year 2000, to view the history of the 9th pick in the draft. How good have the players been that were chosen in this selection? Not that it is a guarantee to work out for the Jets to be the same, but it is interesting to see who was taken 9th in the past.

So let’s go! In part one, we cover the years 2000-2003:

Dec 2, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher (54) during the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

The first choice at #9 in the new millenium needs very litte introduction, as he is long time Bears’ middle linebacker, Brian Urlacher.

No matter what happens with the end of his career, he was a great player for the Bears for many years. Take a look:

Season Team Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
G GS Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF
2012 Chicago Bears 12             12 68 53 15 0.0 0 7 1 46 46.0 46T 1 2
2011 Chicago Bears 16             16 102 84 18 0.0 0 7 3 7 2.3 8 0 0
2010 Chicago Bears 16             16 125 96 29 4.0 10 1 0 0.0 0 0 2
2009 Chicago Bears 1             1 3 3 0 0.0 0 0.0 0
2008 Chicago Bears 16             16 93 79 14 0.0 10 2 11 5.5 11 0 0
2007 Chicago Bears 16             16 123 92 31 5.0 0 12 5 101 20.2 85T 1 0
2006 Chicago Bears 16             16 141 92 49 0.0 6 3 38 12.7 36 0 1
2005 Chicago Bears 16             16 121 97 24 6.0 5 0.0 1
2004 Chicago Bears 9             9 70 52 18 5.5 6 1 42 42.0 42 0 2
2003 Chicago Bears 16             16 116 87 29 2.5 4 0.0 0
2002 Chicago Bears 16             16 151 115 36 4.5 6 1 0 0.0 0 0 2
2001 Chicago Bears 16             16 116 89 27 6.0 0 5 3 60 20.0 41 0 2
2000 Chicago Bears 16             14 8.0 0 2 19 9.5 19 0 0
TOTAL 1,229 939 290 41.5 0 78 22 324 85 2 12

He’s a keeper from the #9th pick, wouldn’t you say?

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