Top 10 Sleeper Wide Receivers For The Bears In The 2016 NFL Draft
Daniel Braverman-Western Michigan-
Daniel Braverman may be the ultimate sleeper of this draft. Small, not especially gifted athletically and white you would laugh if I were to point him out on the street and say this guy looks like a future NFL wide receiver. 5’10” 177 doesn’t scream NFL wide out after all. But put on his tape against Purdue, Ohio State, or Michigan State and you see an NFL wide receiver on that football field kicking elite NFL prospect defensive back ass. Now if only the Bears can pull a Bill Belichick and draft the next great small white wide receiver.
MEASUREABLES AND PRODUCTION:
Well his measureables won’t excite anyone. particularly his leaping numbers which generally indicate explosion. Runs pretty good, but there isn’t world class speed coming from his rather diminutive frame. I expect those explosion measureables to increase once he starts training in an NFL weight room. Here’s the link to his NFL page. He had a monster senior season. Was the second leading receiver in the nation with 109 catches. You can see those stats and more at his college profile page here.
Positives: He isn’t slow with a 4.47 40, but not a burner. What he really is is cat quick. sharp lightning cuts gets him separation at will much like Marc Mariani uses to win at the line of scrimmage. Also makes him dangerous once in the open field juking would be tacklers down the field. This also makes him a very effective punt returner. Very smart and instinctive and plays with passion. Yet another all in type Bears head coach John Fox should love.
Negatives: Size and some athleticism limitations. Only had a 28″ vertical and a 9’4″ broad jump. He won’t be winning many 50/50 balls in the NFL. Smaller hands and shorter arms provides a limited catch radius and would make Cutler have to be more precise with his passes with a much smaller target than he’s been accustomed throwing to in his career.
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