Big help at WR available in draft

Big help at WR available in draft

Posted by Bob LeGere on Thu, 03/10/2011 - 00:30
Wide receiver is not a position for the Bears that cries out for improvement as the offensive line does, but they need to get better there. Just about everyone agrees that Jay Cutler needs better protection than he received last year, when the Bears allowed the most sacks in the NFL. But it’s almost as important that the Bears provide Cutler with more weapons in the passing game. The Bears currently have just three wide receivers with NFL experience under contract. Six-year veteran Rashied Davis is eligible for unrestricted free agency. Four-year pro Devin Aromashodu was not tendered a contract offer from the Bears, so he will be free to sign with any team when free agency begins. That leaves the Bears with only Johnny Knox, Earl Bennett and Devin Hester returning in 2011. None of them are taller than 6 feet, and only Bennett weighs over 190 pounds. There are at least a few big wide receivers in this year’s draft who would complement what the Bears already have and could be available in Rounds 2-4: Jonathan Baldwin, Pitt 6-4 ¾, 228 Tandon Doss, Indiana 6-2, 201 Greg Little, North Carolina 6-2 ½, 231 Austin Pettis, Boise State 6-2 ½, 205 Leonard Hankerson, Miami 6-1 ½, 205 Niles Paul, Nebraska 6-1, 225
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