Bears: Senior Bowl WRs to Watch

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4.) Josh Reynolds, Texas A&M (6’4 | 197 | 4.52) – No player helped their draft stock more at the Senior Bowl than Reynolds. When he arrived in Mobile, Reynolds was considered a late third round prospect but now is almost a lock for day two.

Reynolds caught everything thrown his way this week and was able to get open consistently on both long and intermediate routes. He may have been considered strictly a red zone threat before the Senior Bowl, but proved that he has every-down potential at the next level.

HIs 2016 season was impressive as well with 61 catches, 1,039 yards, and 12 touchdowns. He flashed elite deep skills, the ability to make spectacular catches, the body control to make difficult adjustments to the ball, and the juice to make people miss in the open field.

On the downside, there were too many drops and some inconsistency game-to-game in his route-running and focus. None of Reynolds flaws looks un-fixable though, as long as he ends up with good coaching.

Reynolds has an ideal build for an outside NFL receiver and has flashed all the tools needed to be effective, but inconsistency, a thin upper body, and an occasional lack of focus has kept him outside of the top prospect tier.

If Reynolds can consistently play at the level he did this week at the Senior Bowl, then he’s going to be a force at the next level. He’ll get stronger with time in an NFL weight room and perhaps more focused as he gets older. The physical traits are there for Reynolds to be an elite NFL receiver and if he can get the mental aspects down, he could be a steal in the middle rounds.

The Bears lack a true deep threat and need depth on the outside, so Reynolds could very well be a target in the 3rd or 4th round of the draft if he drops that far. He’s a somewhat risky pick but proved this week that he has the talent to be a starting NFL receiver.