Bears draft focus: WR


The Chicago Bears acquired Josh Bellamy, Josh Morgan and Domenik Hixon to compete for roles on special teams in addition to spots as reserves among the receiving corps. Yet, despite appearing to be well stocked at receiver, the Bears could still take a flyer on the position in the later rounds of the NFL draft.

With general manager Phil Emery, no option is out of the question.

But don’t expect the Bears to use an early-round pick on a receiver because currently the needs on defense take precedence.

As it stands, the club’s top targets -- Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery -- are coming off Pro Bowl seasons, and rising second-year man Marquess Wilson figures to receive first dibs at winning the No. 3 receiver spot. The Bears certainly need depth behind their front-line receivers, but it’s worth noting that quarterback Jay Cutler has other options in the passing game in tight end Martellus Bennett and running back Matt Forte.

Should the Bears choose to draft a receiver next month, here is a list of players who might fit the club’s offense. These aren’t the top prospects of the class, but players expected to fall somewhere in the range where the Bears might feel comfortable about taking a receiver:

Five potential targets

Player, School, Projected Round

1. Bruce Ellington, South Carolina, 3-4

2. Cody Latimer, Indiana, 3-4

3. Josh Huff, Oregon, 3-4

4. Brandon Coleman, Rutgers, 4-5

5. Robert Herron, Wyoming, 4-5

The next 5: 6. T.J. Jones, Notre Dame; 7. Corey Brown, Ohio State; 8. Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin; 9. Martavis Bryant, Clemson; 10. Jeff Janis, Saginaw Valley State.

Position grade: A-