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With their last pick in the draft, the Bears go back to offense and find another receiver. This time, it’s UCLA product Kyle Phillips. With the Bears having already drafted Pierce earlier, Philips now gives the Bears another threat in the slot — thankfully, Pierce can play outside as well.
Philips is a bit undersized at 5-foot-11, but he is dangerous in the slot. His footwork and route running are phenomenal, making it easy on his quarterbacks when it comes to finding him open.
He might come in as the fourth or fifth receiver on the depth chart, but Philips offers some special teams value as well. Maybe the Bears don’t re-sign Jakeem Grant, in order to save some money, and go with a guy like Phillips instead.
Philips can function well as a return man, along with giving some reps in the slot. He’s pretty versatile and, for a sixth-round pick, feels like quite the steal here.
His footwork is something to behold, as it looks like he’s a step ahead of his man before the ball has been snapped for even a second. Philips excels at getting open and has real, sticky hands. He’d give the Bears one more security blanket for Fields in crucial moments, as Philips will solely catch the football if that’s all he’s asked to do.
Last year, 10 of Philips’ 59 receptions went for a touchdown. He has a nose for the end zone and knows how to work his way in there.