Join us each day as we count down towards the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. The countdown runs from 50 to zero and the number of days remaining will inspire the post for that day. Think of this as your NFL draft paper chain that loses one link each day!
Crossing the 30 day mark seems like some sort of milestone as the NFL Draft approaches. With just 29 days remaining it is time to talk a little bit about the team that holds the 29th pick in the upcoming draft.
The Chicago Bears are coming off a surprising 2010 season in which they won the NFC North and reached the NFC title game before losing to division rival and eventual Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers. The Minnesota Vikings were considered the favorites to win the division before the season began while the Bears and Packers were the true class of the NFC North. Herein lies a problem: the Lions need to overcome at least two of their division rivals if they are to truly ascend to a championship level.
Aaron Rodgers looks like the next all-world quarterback and the Packers feature a number of exciting young players on defense. The Packers are a proven organization that has the makings of a contender for the next decade. The window of opportunity may have closed on the Vikings but the Bears have risen to take their place. Jumping the Bears should be the next checklist item to watch as their progression continues.
Players drafted number 29 overall by the Detroit Lions:
Gary James (1986), Chris Spielman (1988)