Yesterday we brought you the news of the Chicago Bears meeting with wide receiver prospect Rashawn Scott from the University Of Miami down at the East-West Shrine game practices. Wide out may not be a huge need for the 2016 season, but until they figure out the Alshon Jeffery situation it makes sense to leave no stone unturned.
The Bears will bring in a few undrafted free agent wide outs like they always do and they very well may draft a receiver at some point, so doing their due diligence on the position is smart.
Here are the latest WRs the Bears have met with;
- Chris Brown (6'2", 195), Notre Dame
- Devon Cajuste (6'3", 227), Stanford
- Tajae Sharpe (6'3", 200), UMass
Sharpe is the highest rated of the three according to CBS Sports' NFLDraftScout, as he's currently receiving a 4th-5th round grade. Cajuste has a 6th-7th round projection and Brown is projected as a 7th-FA type prospect. The practices this week could alter these projections, as will the NFL Combine and their Pro Days.
Here's a little skinny on the three prospects.
Sharpe had a highly productive career for the Minutemen in the MAC Conference. He led the nation with 111 receptions in 2015, amassing 1,319 receiving yards with 5 TDs. in his 4 year career he had 277 catches, 3,486 yards (12.6avg) and 16 TDs. He's called a good route runner with average speed.
Cajuste was recruited as a tight end, but ended up playing wide out for the Cardinal. He averaged about 30 receptions and 527 yards a season from 2013-2015. CBS Sports' Rob Rang projects him to an H-Back role in the NFL, he says he has good hands, good speed, but average burst off the line.
NFL.com has Cajuste listed as a Top 10 Intriguing East-West Shrine game prospect.
This large receiver (6-foot-4, 227 pounds) wasn't utilized as much as he could have been by the Cardinal this year -- partially because they needed to feed Christian McCaffrey as much as possible. But when given the chance to shine, Cajuste did just that; he made five catches for 125 yards and a touchdown against Notre Dame. Much like last year's second-round pick, Devin Funchess, Cajuste is destined for the Y-spot in an NFL offense, utilizing his height and hands over the middle and in the red zone. A big week in St. Pete, along with strong workouts at the NFL Scouting Combine, could cement a top-100 draft grade.
Notre Dame's Brown has great speed and he put up 48/597/4 in 2015 playing alongside possible 1st or 2nd round pick Will Fuller who received the majority of targets.
What are your thoughts on these three prospects, and what do you make of the Bears talking to so many wide receivers?