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.
#Bears 2017 WR’s vs. 2018 WR’s:
2017 – Kendall Wright, Kevin White, Josh Bellamy, Dontrelle Inman, Tre McBride, Tanner Gentry
2018 – Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, Kevin White, Anthony Miller, Bennie Fowler, Josh Bellamy
Not too shabby.
— Jake Perper (@BearsBacker) April 28, 2018
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.
Miller: “I don’t want to be compared to anyone. I believe I have attributes and skills that a lot of players could say they have, but I don’t think there’s one thing that I can’t do. I believe I’m just a different type of receiver, all in one.”
…you get the point. #Bears
— Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) April 28, 2018
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.
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