In part 8 of our series, we looked at the top 5 running backs that the Chicago Bears should target in this year’s NFL Draft. Now, in part 9, we’ll take a look at one of the most talented part of the Bears’ roster that is also in need of some depth — wide receiver.
Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery are undoubtedly one of the most dynamic and skilled wide receiver tandems in the NFL. But after releasing Earl Bennett, the team could be in the market for a young receiver to develop behind Marshall and Jeffery. Marquess Wilson will enter the 2014 campaign as the default No. 3 receiver, but adding another young player could create some healthy competition in training camp and push Wilson to perform at a higher level.
The Bears’ passing offense ranked near the top of the league in 2013 and adding one of the following players could boost it even more:
1) Martavis Bryant, Clemson
Bryant possesses the size (6-4, 211) and speed (4.42) that is not only perfect for the Bears offense, but is fantastic for the professional level. Combining his talents with the likes of Marshall and Jeffery would create one of the biggest receiving cores in the league. At this point Bryant has some work to do with his route running and has had problems with drops, but having a year or two to work in Marc Trestman’s offense before being thrust into a starting role would be ideal for his future prospects. Consider Bryant a 2nd or 3rd round target, so he would likely be a surprise choice for the Bears who are expected to target defense in the early rounds.