Chicago Bears Draft: Small school wide receivers to target

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Chicago Bears small school WR targets: Jonathan Adams Jr., Arkansas State

In a year where many players saw their overall production dip simply due to fewer games played, Jonathan Adams Jr. played his best football yet and enjoyed a career year. The 6-foot-3 monstrous receiver showcased exactly why he belongs in the pros, whether or not he’s faced formidable competition.

In 2020, Adams caught 79 passes for 1,111 yards and 12 touchdowns for Arkansas State. He did a nice job putting himself on the map for NFL draft scouts and is now looking at potentially being called early on Day 3.

Adams projects as an outside receiver who can win because of his physicality and ability to overpower opposing corners. His frame is simply too big and powerful for a lot of defensive backs, allowing him to make catches solely based on his strength and leaping ability.

Now, that’s not the only reason why Adams saw solid college production. He is also a smart player who can make the tougher catches. Whether it be a sideline grab or a tough, over-the-shoulder type of play, Adams can make those catches.

This is a receiver who needs to work on his route-running, mostly because in college he was able to run basic routes and win due to his size. However, the tools are all there. Once he is able to expand his route tree a bit, the potential to be a WR2 in the NFL is certainly there.