A seventh-round pick is typically a long-shot to make any NFL roster. But there have been some that have not only made a team but shined bright. Guys like Joe Horn, Gary Anderson and Donald Driver were seventh round selections that made a huge impact in the league. Will the Bears be able to find someone like that in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft? We can only hope.
The typical strategy in the seventh round is to try to get the best player still available after almost 200 players have been picked.
So, we should assume that the Bears may go for a depth player that could be someone they develop on the practice squad. At the very least, they will get some training camp depth out of this pick. And seventh rounders aren’t huge investments so they won’t be damaged for years if they miss at number 224.
Depending on what happens prior to the draft, the Bears may need some depth at wide receiver. Yes, a seventh-round wide receiver may not make a big impact but remember Donald Driver?
As it stands right now, there are about five wide receivers rated as seventh round talent. They are West Virginia’s Shelton Gibson, LSU’s Travin Dural, Mississippi State’s Fred Ross, Ole Miss’ Damoreea Stringfellow and Louisville’s’ Jamari Staples.
If you had to pick one of these guys, the one that you might pick above them all is Stringfellow. He has the height (6-2) to get up and high point the ball and has remained relatively healthy. Blocking seems to be something that he needs to work on and he may be a potential off the field risk.
His positives outweigh his negatives and most scouts agree he could rise in the draft. He might not be there in the seventh round.
But Stringfellow could be worth a look. He may develop into a second or third string wide receiver at some point in his career. The Bears could only win if they picked him
Damoreea Stringfellow-WR-Ole Miss