According to ProFootballTalk.com, the Bears’ biggest need in this year’s draft is at wide receiver.
The Bears have do have their share of shortcomings at wide receiver. But QB Jay Cutler is capable of making each and every one of their pass catchers better – as long as he has an offensive line that can protect him. That’s the Bears’ No. 1 priority in the draft.
While Devin Hester may never be a No. 1 wide receiver, he’s still capable of scoring every time he touches the ball, and he attracts more attention from opposing secondaries than most No. 2 or No. 3 receivers.
Johnny Knox has been nothing short of brilliant, considering that he was a fifth-round draft pick in 2009. He’s put up impressive back-to-back seasons, including last year’s 51 catches and 960 yards.
Earl Bennett overcame a slow start to catch 46 passes for 561 yards, and Cutler has as much confidence in him as any player on the roster, especially in crucial third-down situations.
The Bears do need a big, physical presence at wide receiver, especially someone who can win jump balls. But they have a much greater need at offensive line. They should get more protection for Cutler and a replacement for Tommie Harris before they consider wide receivers.