Wow. Another guy I was shocked dropped this far down the draft boards. Not sure this will happen in the real draft, but if it does, hello Super Bowl run. If the Chicago Bears see Brandon Aiyuk on the board here and do not phone it in, then Ryan Pace should be fired on the spot.
Aiyuk is exactly the type of receiver Matt Nagy needs on offense. Although I really want Jalen Reagor on this team, the value of Aiyuk at this point in the third might be an even better value. Aiyuk is explosive and has the speed to take even a bubble screen to the house. One of the biggest issues I have with the Bears offense is the lack of yards after the catch. Adding Aiyuk could be a way to fix that. At Arizona State last season, he gained 710 of his 1192 yards after the catch.
He may not be the fastest guy when it comes to the 40-yard dash (4.50), but he is not slow either. His game speed is blazing and he would be a great replacement to Taylor Gabriel. I have seen him be compared to Robert Woods, but I honestly think Aiyuk might be more talented. That said, adding a Woods type of receiver would phenomenal. Woods has gained over 1,000 yards per year the last two years. He only had two touchdowns in 2019 though and I’d expect more from Aiyuk.
Although two very different receivers, Aiyuk may be higher on boards this year if not for playing in the shadow of N’Keal Harry last season. Harry was a first-round draft pick last season. He was taken 32nd overall by the New England Patriots. Harry missed most of last season as he started on Injured Reserve. Again, Aiyuk is a different type of receiver, but he might be a bigger game-changer than Harry ever will be in the NFL.