Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Source: Bears to host S. Carolina's Jeffery
By Jeff Dickerson
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bears will host former South Carolina wideout Alshon Jeffery on an official visit to Halas Hall this week, according to a league source.
Alshon Jeffery's production dipped last season when starting quarterback Stephen Garcia was dismissed from the team.
Jeffery was considered one of the top receivers in the nation following the 2010 season when he led the Gamecocks with 88 receptions for 1,517 yards and nine touchdowns, which garnered the 6-foot-3 wideout All-American honors.
But Jeffery's numbers decreased during his final season at South Carolina (45-614-7) when starting quarterback Stephen Garcia was dismissed from the team in early October. In his final game for the Gamecocks, Jeffery was named MVP of the Capital One Bowl after he caught four passes for 178 yards, including a 51-yard Hail Mary grab at the end of the first half of South Carolina's 30-13 rout of Nebraska. He was later ejected from the game for fighting.
Jeffery arrived at the NFL combine in February and weighed in at 216 pounds, 15 pounds lighter than he was during his career with the Gamecocks. He later checked in at 213 pounds at his official pro day at the end of March, where he impressed scouts with 40-yard dash times in the high 4.4 to low 4.5 range.
One of the teams to express a high-level of interest in Jeffery has been division rival Minnesota Vikings, according to the league source. The Vikings hold the 35th overall choice in the second round. The Jacksonville Jaguars might also be in the market to select a receiver in the first two rounds.