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2018 NFL Draft: Bears select Javon Wims at No. 224 overall

Wims joins an already revamped group of Bears wide receivers.

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Javon Wims is Chicago’s final draft pick of the 2018 NFL Draft.
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The Chicago Bears are officially done drafting for the 2018 NFL Draft. With their final selection of the weekend, they added Georgia wide receiver Javon Wims with the No. 224 overall pick.

Wims is the second wide receiver the Bears drafted this year, with second-round pick Anthony Miller from Memphis also joining the team. Along with new additions Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, Bennie Fowler, and Marlon Brown, Chicago’s group of wide receivers has changed for the better since 2017.

Wims is also the second Georgia prospect selected by the Bears, as they added linebacker Roquan Smith in the first round.

Grade: B

When you’re picking in the seventh round, you can afford to take a flier on a raw prospect in hopes that he outplays his draft projection. That’s exactly what Wims is.

Wims is 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, so he gives the Bears a big-bodied target who will serve as a backup X or Z receiver. He’s a natural athlete who has solid speed and is good at positioning his body to make circus catches. His hands are reliable, and he’s a solid blocker. Wims isn’t a fluid route runner quite yet, and he’ll need to improve at shedding physical press coverage at the line of scrimmage. So he likely won’t contribute right away. However, he has the physical tools to develop into a solid backup in the near future.

Wims’ production isn’t fantastic, but it’s not terrible, either. He had 45 receptions for 720 yards and seven touchdowns in 2017. But he only had 17 receptions for 190 yards and one touchdown in eight games in 2016.

When you watch Wims on tape, you see a player who is raw, but you also see a receiver with great body control who can go up and make great catches on 50-50 balls. He would be a good fit as a vertical threat at the next level. He is my No. 207 overall prospect, as well as my No. 24 wide receiver. While he wasn’t the best player available on my board, he is a solid value pick here with a lot of upside.

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