The Chicago Bears found an explosive weapon for Justin Fields
Remember the hype that Velus Jones was receiving at one point last offseason. That was short-lived and I was never really on board. Jones was not a polished wide receiver and the Chicago Bears drafted him too soon (third round) last year. Well, a guy I am on board with as a potential steal out of the fourth round is Tyler Scott.
One thing I pride myself on is not falling in love with a player due to his off-the-field workouts. The NFL Combine should never be used to assess a prospect, but instead, used to affirm what you saw on film. A video that I recently watched on Tyler Scott made me fall in love with him even more because you can tell he is going to put in the work. Justin Fields, an off-the-field workout warrior himself, is going to appreciate Scott's work ethic as well.
The video I am referring to was from Whistle's original 'No Days Off' series. If you are not following them, I suggest hitting the subscribe button. They put out content for multiple NFL Draft athletes, along with other athletes in all sports. If you want to get a sense of who to keep an eye on next year, Whistle is going to be a source for top prospects and even under-the-radar guys like Tyler Scott.
One thing that I loved about the video was Scott's track training. They spoke about his ability to keep his upper body aligned, his explosion out of his stance, and obviously his speed. He focused on his flexibility more than his strength as he prepared for the NFL Combine. You can tell he wants to push himself to the next level and the Chicago Bears may have found the offensive steal of the draft.
Scott is not the biggest guy. He's only 5'10" and 177 pounds. His official 40-yard dash was a 4.44, however, I have seen reports of him running 4.39 at his Pro Day. He finished the 2022 season with 54 catches for 899 yards and nine touchdowns. He averaged 16.6 per catch for Cincinnati, but we should expect some big-play potential between Tyler Scott and Justin Fields. Scott caught touchdown passes of 81 and 53 yards in 2021. Last year, he caught touchdown passes of 41, 75, 61, and 76 yards. He averaged over 40 yards per catch on his touchdown receptions.
Ryan Poles looks to have found the guy to help everyone forget about the Velus Jones debacle last season. Tyler Scott can immediately help the Chicago Bears on special teams and he should have no problem getting past the secondary on deep routes. I'd expect to see him receive his own sub-package fairly early.