Chicago Bears: College players to keep an eye on for 2021 (Part 1)

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The Chicago Bears could find a new number one.

If the Chicago Bears don’t re-sign Allen Robinson, I have a feeling defending Ryan Pace will be even harder to do. I recently wrote about how fans shouldn’t fear losing Robinson here. I genuinely do mean that.

I think Allen Robinson could potentially be the best receiver the Chicago Bears could have ever had. But at what cost? If the Chicago Bears and Ryan Pace wanted to try again for a number one, they could have two prospects in mind to do it. I expect next offseason to have two players that would lead the way as far as pass catchers go.

One who would have been a top 50 selection had he chose to come out this year. Devonta Smith from Alabama was widely viewed as a top prospect, which might have seen three Alabama receivers drafted in the first round. Hopefully, coming back to school wasn’t a mistake for him because he is a faster Calvin Ridley. Smith caught 68 passes for 1,256 yards and 14 touchdowns. He has a thin frame but doesn’t let that stop him from completing those contested catches.

Another comparison is Ceedee Lamb. Would anybody be complaining if a prospect like that replaced Robinson? Keep an eye on this kid. With his route running, speed, and ability to go up and get it, Smith would look good wearing that Jay Cutler #6 in Taylor Gabriel’s fulltime role.