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5 fun facts about history of 52nd pick in draft

Chicago Bears
17 Apr 2021, 16:37 GMT+10

Larry Mayer

The Bears have the 52nd overall pick in the second round of the April 29-May 1 NFL Draft. Here are five factoids about the No. 52 selection:

(1) The last time the Bears picked a player at No. 52 was in 1996 when they chose Penn State receiver Bobby Engram.

Engram spent his first five NFL seasons with the Bears. He ranks 12th in franchise history with 246 receptions and 19th with 2,831 receiving yards and is tied with Allen Robinson II for 23rd with 17 touchdown catches.

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Engram's best years with the Bears came in 1998 and '99. He caught 64 passes for 987 yards and five TDs in 1998 and followed with 88 receptions for 947 yards and four TDs in 1999.

After leaving the Bears, Engram played nine more NFL seasons with the Seattle Seahawks (2001-08) and Kansas City Chiefs (2009). He has been an NFL assistant coach since 2011 and is entering his third season as Baltimore Ravens tight ends coach.

(2) The Bears have drafted a total of only three players at No. 52.

In addition to Engram, they selected Washington halfback Charley Mitchell in 1963 and Miami defensive end Pat Riley in 1995.

Mitchell never played for the Bears; he instead spent five seasons in the rival AFL with the Denver Broncos (1963-67) and Buffalo Bills (1968). Riley appeared in only one career NFL game, an overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers Nov. 5, 1995 at Soldier Field.

(3) Two Hall of Famers have been chosen with the No. 52 pick: Defensive tackle Henry Jordan in 1952 and quarterback Ken Stabler in 1968.

Jordan was drafted by the Browns and spent his first two NFL seasons with Cleveland before being traded to the Packers. He played his final 11 pro seasons in Green Bay from 1959-69, helping the Packers win five NFL championships, including the first two Super Bowls.

Jordan was a seven-time All-Pro who was voted to four Pro Bowls and inducted into the Hall of Fame posthumously in 1995. He passed away Feb. 21, 1977 of a heart attack at the age of 42.

Stabler played 15 NFL seasons with the Raiders (1968-79), Oilers (1980-81) and Saints (1982-84). Nicknamed "Snake," he passed for 27,938 career yards with 194 touchdowns, 222 interceptions and a 75.3 passer rating. He was named NFL MVP in 1974 when he threw a league-high 26 TD passes.

Stabler was a two-time first-team All-Pro who was voted to four Pro Bowls and named to the NFL All-Decade Team for the 1970s. Stabler passed away July 8, 2015 at the age of 69. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame posthumously in 2016.

(4) Other than Stabler, the only other quarterback ever selected in the NFL Draft at No. 52 was Al Woodall by the Jets in 1969.

Woodall spent his entire five-year pro career with the Jets from 1969-74, appearing in 31 games with 19 starts and throwing for 2,970 yards with 18 touchdowns, 23 interceptions and a 60.3 passer rating.

(5) Five of the last 20 players chosen at No. 52 have been voted to the Pro Bowl. Here's a list of those players with the Pro Bowlers in bold:

2020: Rams RB Cam Akers, Florida State

2019: Bengals TE Drew Sample, Washington

2018: Colts DE Kemoko Turay, Rutgers

2017: Browns QB DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame

2016: Falcons LB Deion Jones, LSU

2015: Dolphins DT Jordan Phillips, Oklahoma

2014: Cardinals TE Troy Niklas, Notre Dame

2013: Patriots LB Jamie Collins, Southern Mississippi

2012: Titans LB Zach Brown, North Carolina

2011: Giants DT Marvin Austin, North Carolina

2010: Steelers DE Jason Worilds, Virginia Tech

2009: Browns DE David Veikune, Hawaii

2008: Jaguars DE Quentin Groves, Auburn

2007: Rams FB Brian Leonard, Rutgers

2006: Packers WR Greg Jennings, Western Michigan

2005: Jaguars OT Khalif Barnes, Washington

2004: Cowboys OT Jacob Rogers, USC

2003: Browns LB Chaun Thompson, West Texas A&M

2002: Ravens DE Anthony Weaver, Notre Dame

2001: Dolphins WR Chris Chambers, Wisconsin

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