The Bears go with a slot receiver in seventh round with Daniel Braverman

The Bears go with a slot receiver in seventh round with Daniel Braverman
TOLEDO, OH - NOVEMBER 27: Wide receiver Daniel Braverman #8 of the Western Michigan Broncos is pushed out of bounds during the first quarter against the Toledo Rockets at Glass Bowl on November 27, 2015 in Toledo, Ohio. Western Michigan Broncos defeated Toledo Rockets 35-30. (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images)

The ninth and final pick for the Bears went the way of offense in Western Michigan wide receiver Daniel Braverman (No. 230 overall).

Braverman represents the third offensive player in this year’s Bears draft class along with guard Cody Whitehair and running back Jordan Howard. Defense was a priority hence the seven picks used on that side of the ball.

At first glance, many have to be wondering why the Bears would draft a slot receiver here with Eddie Royal and Marc Mariani under contract. Well, first off it is the seventh round and this pick is just smart by general manager Ryan Pace.

In the form of a Brandon Stokley, Wes Welker, Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola, the 5’10”, 177-pound Braverman catches a ton of passes.

Pro Football Focus had Braverman as the No. 12 player left here on Day 3. Here’s what they said.

“He might be a slot only receiver at the next level, but he’s very good in that role regardless. No player in this draft class averaged more yards per route run from the slot than Braverman’s 3.27.”

A two-year starter at Western Michigan, Braverman totaled 2,499 yards on 212 catches for 21 touchdowns (19 receiving, two rushing). As a senior, he had 108 receptions, 1,367 yards and 13 touchdowns (all carer-highs).

He made 27 starts in four seasons including all 26 as an upperclassman. His sophomore season was wiped out by a torn ACL. As a freshman, his first touch as a college football player was a nine-yard touchdown run against Eastern Illinois.

Braverman also returned a combined 40 returns (25 punts, 15 kickoffs). He didn’t earn the invite to the NFL Combine, but at his pro day, he ran a 4.47-second 40-yard dash which proved his speed.

In 35 career games, he had 12 100-yard performances including eight as a senior. Playing at Ohio State last September, he recorded 10 grabs for 123 yards and a 55-yard touchdown.

Note: Braverman ran track in high school. In football, he totaled 1,200 yards as both a junior and senior down in Miami, Fla.

Final Thoughts

The Bears have Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White as the bigs in the wide receiver room. Marquess Wilson, Cameron Meredith and Josh Bellamy will all compete for sub-package snaps. In the slot, Eddie Royal is the starter for now ($4.5 base salary guaranteed for 2016) with Mariani and Braverman pushing him.

I like this pick. The best teams have a reliable slot receiver and I think this kid will be one real soon.

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