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We Can Thank Jerry Angelo For James Starks

According to Greg Gabriel, former Director of College Scouting for the Chicago Bears, we have Bears General manager Jerry Angelo to thank for the availability of James Starks at the 193rd slot in the 2010 draft. In a National Football Post article, Gabriel said that two players who the Bears had high grades on were available in the sixth round -- Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour, and Starks.
There was excellent discussion on the two players with some people favoring Starks and others favoring LeFevour. I was in Starks’ corner.

As Chicago's pick at the 181st slot neared, Bears GM Jerry Angelo made the decision to go with Starks. Starks' agent was contacted and agreed to the Bears' preliminary condition that a four-year deal would be done by a certain date, and then, while the Bears were on the clock, Starks was called and told that the Bears were taking him. However, while Gabriel was on the phone with Starks, Angelo changed his mind and decided to draft LeFevour (who was subsequently released at the final cut), instead.

Gabriel called it

the most embarrassing moment I had experienced while scouting.

So, thank you, Jerry Angelo. Because of you, the Packers have a rushing threat in the playoffs.

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