While it’s impossible to say how things will fall on draft day, one source who has been on the money in the past said this weekend that it’s doubtful the Bears will address their need at wide receiver in the first two rounds.
That’s not surprising given what are probably more glaring holes on the offensive line and at running back, but there’s no telling what could happen April 26. If a receiver the Bears covet falls there could be too much value to pass up. What the tip does do is give you an idea where the team is looking for help at the position.
The group as it’s constituted right now—Marty Booker, Mark Bradley, Devin Hester, Brandon Lloyd, Mike Hass and Brandon Rideau—is considered one of the weakest in the league. Booker is the only member who has proven anything on a consistent basis. Bradley and Lloyd barely played last season, Hester is still learning the offensive game and Hass and Rideau are completely inexperienced.
One player the club checked out recently is Mount Union’s Pierre Garcon. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported the Bears’ interest last week. The team sent a scout, presumably Jeff Shiver who covers the Midwest, in to the Division III school known for the powerhouse teams it produces each season more than the prospects it prepares for the pros. The meeting was for an interview.
Garcon ran a 4.42-second, 40-yard dash at the combine, the 11th fastest time among the 55 receivers at the combine. He was also one of only three receivers to have 20 or more reps in the bench press at 225 pounds as Garcon put up 20. He also helped himself in the Texas vs. The Nation all-star game, returning a punt 62 yards for a touchdown. Coming from such a small program, there are no scholarships in Division III, Garcon is viewed as a late-round prospect.