Chicago Bears: Round 5, Pick No. 148
Shi Smith struggled to get consistent quarterback play while at South Carolina, but he showed that he could make it at the next level by contributing for four years. Smith is now the next receiver to come out of Columbia after players like Deebo Samuel and Bryan Edwards.
Due to Smith’s size, he will likely be a slot wide receiver, which is fine as the Bears should move on from Anthony Miller after his antics last season. Smith constantly makes catches over the middle of the field and isn’t afraid to take a hit in order to make the catch.
Smith isn’t incredibly fast or big, so he doesn’t have much upside, but there is something to be said about a player who can get open and make the tough catches. He has elite hands and virtually never drops the football making crazy catches from erratic throws. Smith would be a safe option for Wilson to check down to if things break down as he could rely on Smith’s hands.
As stated, Smith would virtually replace Miller and could compete with Riley Ridley for the starting slot wide receiver spot on the Bears. He likely would beat out Ridley as Ridley seems to be in the doghouse in Chicago. A receiving core of Allen Robinson, Darnell Mooney, and Smith would prove to be a great core with reliable hands.