Chicago Bears: 5 late-round wide receiver targets in the 2021 NFL Draft

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Chicago Bears, Marquez Stevenson
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Chicago Bears Draft Targets: Marquez Stevenson | Houston

If the Bears want a wide receiver that can stretch the field and provide explosiveness to this offense to pair with Darnell Mooney, look no further than Marquez Stevenson out of Houston. Stevenson reportedly runs below a 4.4 40 yard dash, and that is quite evident when you roll the tape as well.

Stevenson wasn’t asked to do much at Houston in terms of route-running, but he showed the traits to develop into a great route runner in the NFL. Immediately, he may be a great deep threat and screen player as he can take a ball to the house with ease and burn past defenses as well. Stevenson isn’t a physically imposing wide receiver by any means, but he isn’t afraid to be physical and wins contested catches.

Stevenson’s main concern entering the NFL will be his route running. He showed some promise at the Senior Bowl that he was invited to. He made opposing cornerbacks look silly with his quickness off the line, ability to change directions quickly, and his downfield speed.

As stated above, Stevenson would add yet another dynamic element needed on this Bears’ offense. If Stevenson and Mooney are both on the field at the same time, defenses truly will need to be prepared to get burned by both of these players’ incredible speed. Stevenson could develop into a great player at the next level and can be had in the fifth round likely.