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Dissecting the Bears drafts: 2008-2010

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Dissecting the Bears drafts: 2008-2010

Just how successful were the Bears at finding talent through the NFL draft from 2008-2010? Profootballfocus.com puts their picks through the Draft Grader and it isn't pretty.

Each pick earns a grade somewhere between 2.0 and -2.0 in 0.5 increments. The criteria for the grades include: where they were drafted, their performance, their contribution and other factors such as injuries or conditions that couldn't be accounted for.

The Bears had zero players at 2.0 or 1.0 with only running back Matt Forte at 1.5 or "Getting much more than you bargained for!"

Six current Bears came in at 0.5 or "Never hurts to find a solid contributor." They include: wide receiver Earl Bennett, safety Craig Steltz, tight end Kellen Davis, defensive tackle Henry Melton, cornerback D.J. Moore and WR Johnny Knox. The total number of players here should probably be higher.

The most populated grade was 0.0 or "It could have been worse" with 13 picks, though many contributed very little before leaving or are still doing so. Some of these picks include CB Zackary Bowman, guard Lance Louis, S Major Wright, defensive end Corey Wootton and tackle J'Marcus Webb.

A couple of top-100 picks -- DE Jarron Gilbert and WR Juaquin Iglesias -- in 2009 fall into the -1.0 or "What a waste!" category.

The worst pick based on the grading system is tackle Chris Williams, the 14th overall pick in 2008. He came in at -1.5 or "The scoutscoaches failed, big time!"

No picks graded out at -2.0 or "You just drafted the love child of Jamarcus Russell and Ryan Leaf!"

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 30th homer in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 30th homer in 1998

It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

Sosa hit the 30-homer threshold on June 21, 1998 in only his 71st game of the season. For perspective, the 2018 Cubs leader in homers on June 21 is Javy Baez with 14 and Mike Trout leads all of baseball with only 23.

At this point, Mark McGwire was ahead of Sosa, but the Cubs slugger was pulling closer. McGwire had 33 dingers on June 21 while Ken Griffey Jr. had 28 and Greg Vaughn had 25.

Sosa' June 21 homer came off Tyler Green and was his 5th blast of the series against the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field that year. But the Cubs lost that series, despite Sosa's efforts.

Fun fact: Sosa drove in 10 runs in the three-game series with the Phillies that summer while the rest of his teammates combined for only 9 RBI.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Should the Bulls trade up or down in the draft?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Should the Bulls trade up or down in the draft?

Mark Carman, Hub Arkush, Phil Rogers and Will Perdue join Kap on the SportsTalk Live Podcast.

The guys start by discussing Brandon Morrow's injury that he sustained while taking off his pants... what's the craziest cause for an injury the guys can remember?

Plus, should the Bulls move up or down in Thursday's NBA Draft? Does it make sense to take on a bad contract in a potential deal?

Listen to the full SportsTalk Live Podcast right here: