2012 NFL Draft Rumors | Kendall Wright to Bears?
It’s been no secret over the past few seasons that the Chicago Bears have been lacking in talent in their receiving corps. Jay Cutler could probably quietly attest to that behind closed doors.
With the addition of Brandon Marshall via trade with the Miami Dolphins, the problem is at least partly eradicated. However, with Johnny Knox (back) likely to start 2012 on the PUP and no guarantee to play at all next season, the Bears may still have work to do at wide receiver.
And according to TFY Draft Insider, they may intend on focusing on that position with their first pick of the 2012 NFL Draft. Per sources close to TFY Draft Insider, the Bears are looking for a receiver that be effective out of the slot, and that there is a “very real chance” that their guy could be Baylor’s Kendall Wright.
The speculation is only fueled by previous reports that the Bears are still interested in upgrading at wide receiver. As it stands, Chicago would walk into 2012 with Brandon Marshall as their new number one, Earl Bennett as the number two, and Devin Hester operating out of the slot.
It’s been my opinion for some time that Bennett is a low-grade possession receiver with little upside, while Devin Hester should stick to returning kicks and punts, as he doesn’t belong on offense.
Regardless, Chicago clearly still could use another talented wideout with real upside on their roster. Landing Wright would get them just that, and arguably much more.
TFY Draft Insider also reports that the Bears have their eyes on Boise State’s Shea McClellin, who could work opposite of Julius Peppers on the defensive line as a pass-rusher. McClellin has been shooting up draft boards and is on the verge of sneaking into the first round, although the Bears taking him at 19 still feels like quite a reach. The Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots have also been rumored to be interested in McClellin, though as a pass-rushing outside linebacker.
Wright could potentially be gone long before Chicago picks, however, which could prompt the Bears to reach for McClellin at 19, or settle on another receiver.