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 . . .