Chicago Bears 2021 NFL Draft grades and analysis for every pick
By Joseph Herff
Chicago Bears Round 6, Pick No. 221
So, apparently, the Bears want to keep addressing offense! They have now gone offense for the fifth pick in a row adding slot wide receiver Dazz Newsome out of North Carolina. Newsome was one of my personal favorite late-round wide receiver targets for the Chicago Bears in the NFL Draft.
Like Herbert, Newsome is another home-run hitter for the Bears’ offense. Newsome is a crisp route-runner with reliable hands who projects as a slot wide receiver at the next level. He is extremely competitive and not afraid to take a hit. As soon as the ball hits his hands, he explodes to try and get as many yards as possible. He needs to work more on his pass-catching technique though despite his reliable hands and needs to focus on calming down as he gets too eager running his routes.
Newsome could be the Anthony Miller replacement we’ve been waiting for. Now, Miller can be cut due to his antics and failures in Chicago and Newsome could rotate in his rookie year learning the new offense. Regardless, he has many desirable traits to be a great slot at the next level and could develop into that.
The Bears could’ve gotten other wide receivers I would have liked more here, but Newsome is still great value for where they selected him. He can compete immediately for a starting job if Miller is gone.