The final 2016 draft pick is in for the Bears, and it's wide receiver Daniel Braverman out of Western Michigan. He's a 5'10", 177 pound guy who's worked a lot in the slot and has a lot of quickness.
STRENGTHS: Quick footed and transitions his weight well in his movements...uses rhythm and crisp footwork to create space in/out of his breaks...instinctive route runner to provide his quarterback a clean passing window...excellent spatial awareness and field sense...understands coverages and concepts...fearless and undeterred working over the middle or barreling through traffic...soft hands with the hand-eye coordination to pluck away from his frame.
Immediately looks to turn catches downfield and create...experienced as a return man, averaging 20.8 yards per kickoff return (15/312/0) - also has punt return reps...innately driven and wants to be great...hardest worker on the team, according to the Western Michigan coaching staff...highly productive starter with the second-most catches the past two seasons combined at the FBS-level.
STRENGTHS Looks like a Patriots slot receiver from jump street. Has honed his craft with sneaky shake moves from his break points. Able to create throwing windows with his suddenness and route speed variation. Can be brutal to match up near goal line with his two-way routes. Competes at a premium level. Adjusts routes in space and works back to a scrambling quarterback. Makes first tacklers miss in open field. Gave Ohio State all they wanted on all three levels of the field. Has some punt returning in his background.
The big knock on Braverman, in this period of inflated measuring tapes, is his size. At 5' 10" and 177 pounds, his stature is slight for some teams' receiving corps, but seemingly a fit for a certain head coach who has won four Super Bowls with the Patriots. Not surprisingly, Braverman has been compared to a whole slew of shifty receivers who have thrived under Bill Belichick—Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman, even Troy Brown.