With the Chicago Bears cutting ties with 2008 first round pick Chris Williams, the disappointing offensive linemen joins a group of ex-Bears first round picks who did not live up to their billing. Of ex-general manager Jerry Angelo's nine first round picks, only one (Gabe Carimi) is still in Chicago. Only four of those nine -- Rex Grossman, Cedric Benson, Greg Olsen and Carimi -- are even still in the NFL.
The rest of Angelo's first round picks make up a list of what-could-have-beens, from Marc Colombo to Michael Haynes to David Terrell. Angelo's most successful first round pick was defensive tackle Tommie Harris, who made it to three Pro Bowls as a member of the Bears. Harris's career, though, was cut short due to injuries.
As for Williams, he never amounted to anything close to Chicago's left tackle of the future. Of his 38 starts as a Bear, 20 came at left guard while 11 came at right tackle. Only the remaining seven starts came at left tackle, and he was unable to beat out the embattled J'Marcus Webb in training camp this year.