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When the Bear drafted Vanderbilt offensive tackle Chris Williams to be their franchise left tackle, they envisioned a dominant blind-side protector that would secure the position for a decade or more.
From the start, Jerry Angelo should have been questioning this move.
It was revealed shortly after the draft that the Bears knew Williams needed back surgery before they drafted him, which should have set off the warning bells immediately.
Williams ended up with pretty much a wasted rookie season. He performed well, though, in his sophomore campaign, starting at the right tackle spot until veteran LT Orlando Pace went down to injury. Williams looked well on his way after the switch to the left side and was praised for his handling of beastly defensive end Jared Allen, who was virtually erased by Williams in their late-season meeting.
But the injury bug hit Williams once more in 2010, and he was forced to sit after an unimpressive start to the season. Upon his return, he was placed in the left guard spot because veteran backup Frank Omiyale had outperformed him in his absence.
Williams still has a chance to redeem himself, as he is the only player on this list still with the Bears, but things aren't looking bright for him. The Bears just drafted a dominant tackle in the first round of the 2011 draft, and they appear to be very high on 2010 seventh-rounder J'Marcus Webb, who was thrown into the starting RT role last year and showed flashes of athletic brilliance and raw talent.
He could end up making a successful switch to the left guard spot, but only time will tell.