Bears move up, select South Carolina WR Alshon Jeffery

Bears move up, select South Carolina WR Alshon Jeffery

Just as round-two of the 2012 NFL Draft began, I found myself almost more excited than I was during round-one. Why? The element of surprise. I was all but sure the Bears would take a DE in round-one.

Now, granted I didn’t see Shae McClellin coming, but in round-two, I had no idea. Phil Emery and the Bears did not disappoint.

Chicago traded their fifth–round pick (150th) with the St. Louis Rams to move up five spots and select South Carolina wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. Bears fans are, and should be, happy. He’s no sure thing, and he certainly has “bust potential” but there are a lot of things to like . . .

Jeffery is SC’s all-time leader in receiving yards and received first-round consideration from scouts and Draft experts this offseason. He clocks in at just under 6’ 3”, 216 lbs. and ran a 4.49 40 at the Combine.

Make no mistake; he’s a go-up-and-get-it receiver, who excels at making the tough catches. He tracks the ball well and can get separation at the line of scrimmage.

But, he certainly comes with question marks. He’s an average route-runner, doesn’t have elite speed, and his work ethic has been questioned.

He was also ejected from the Capital One bowl for fighting in his final game with South Carolina.

My biggest concern would initially be personality clashes in the locker room. Obviously, one would hope that Brandon Marshall openly takes Jeffery under his wing. If he does, he could be an excellent complement and another good size target for Jay Cutler.

Bears still have picks in the third (79), fourth (111), sixth (184) and seventh (220) rounds.

More to come . . .

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  • I like the Jeffery pick. Bears needed another big WR, and he fits the bill. The Bears still have a lot of needs to address i.e. OL, CB, DT, etc.

  • In reply to Aero1964:

    Yep, great pick.

  • Phil Emery is GOD!!!

    First of all, Alshon was my #1 ranked WR in this draft & my 4th best overall prospect! He has no football weakness! Great hands; plucks ball away from his body; locates ball at highest point in the air; tough across the middle; willing blocker; his understanding of how to adjust to passes in the air without telegraphing ball location is as good as Randy Moss'; wide frame makes up for lack of elite speed; & my personal favorite attribute of all --- DOMINATED the SEC conference when he had decent QB play!!

    This is absolute grand-theft, & I guarantee that Emery did a standing backflip in war room when STL took Quick & decided to trade pick #45!

    Guys, trust me, this kid is special & he will personify Chi Bear football!!

    Grade: A++++++++++++++++

  • ...the fact that Emery would trade up also tells me that Alshon was his target in round 2 all along!

    I'm about to cry right now.

  • The plenty of "drops" stigma is inaccurate, Adam! This dude catches everything -- even with defenders clinging to his body!

    I'm on record now to say: he catches the ball more purely than even Brandon Marshall!

  • LOL . . . I love you guys!

  • Here, Alpha, you'll like this one:

  • Hey thanks, Adam! My client & I (Alshon) will not let you down! This article will not be one of your top 5 blunder posts of 2012 that's for sure!

    *note: the P@ckers have managed to grab the CB I wanted in rd 3 - Casey Hayward. darn it!!

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