For those draftniks already lowering their expectations and toning down their enthusiasm because they’ll have to wait until the 49th pick for the Bears’ first choice, keep these two words in mind: DeSean Jackson.
Jackson was the 49th pick in last season’s draft, and he wound up as the NFC’s leading rookie receiver with 912 yards, and his 62 catches were just 1 less than Matt Forte’s NFC-best total. This year’s class of wide receivers is stronger than the Class of 2008, when none were selected in the first round, although seven came off the board by pick No. 49.
This time around, Michael Crabtree, Jeremy Maclin, Darius Heyward-Bey and Percy Harvin are all expected to go in the first round. But that still leaves several talented options who could improve the Bears’ weakest area. But which one?
Hoping for Rutger’s Kenny Britt or Ohio State’s Brian Robiskie might be wishful thinking, but maybe not. Even if they’re gone, too, Georgia’s Moahmaed Massaquoi has the size and toughness that might remind some of Muhsin Muhammad – a young Muhsin Muhammad.
North Carolina’s Hakeem Nicks is another big guy who caught 68 passes for 1,222 yards last season. I personally don’t think he’ll last until the 49th pick but a lot of others do. Penn State’s Derrick Williams was a four-year starter who is a polished receiver and brings return ability.
I’d love to see the Bears get Nicks, even if it meant trading up a few spots.