2018 NFL Draft: Wide receiver help comes via trade in Anthony Miller at No. 51

2018 NFL Draft: Wide receiver help comes via trade in Anthony Miller at No. 51
MEMPHIS, TN - NOVEMBER 25: Anthony Miller #3 of the Memphis Tigers celebrates against the Houston Cougars on November 25, 2016 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tennessee. Memphis defeated Houston 48-44. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)

A trade down was inevitable since the Bears held two fourth round picks in this year’s draft.

At No. 51 overall, the Bears gave up pick No. 105 and a 2019 second rounder to New England to take wide receiver Anthony Miller on Thursday night.

A former walk-on at Memphis, Miller totaled 37 receiving touchdowns in three seasons including back to back 1,400 yard, 95-catch seasons while averaging 16 touchdowns per year.

He had 96 catches for 1,462 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior.

At 5’11”, 201 lbs., Miller is a superb route runner with a nice catch radius. He benched 22 times at the NFL Combine in February.

Joining free agent additions Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel Bennie Fowler and Marlon Brown, the Bears’ wide receiver room is already improved from a year ago. Kevin White, Josh Bellamy and Tanner Gentry remain on the roster as well.

I forgot to include Cameron Meredith on the 2017 list due to his injury.

The Bears need playmakers and with this pick, it is clear they covet speed, smarts and capability. Miller is a guy they can use on punt and kick returns and bring along slowly in the offense.

In the highlight clip below, he makes some incredible receptions and it is clear he isn’t afraid to put his body on the line to make it happen.

The Bears essentially got three players they view as first round picks in Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith (No. 8 overall), center James Daniels (No. 39 overall) and Miller. The value was there with all three.

Weigh in with your thoughts on the pick of Miller below.


James Daniels is the pick in Round 2

Roquan Smith is the pick in Round 1

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