Jeff Brubach

Rookie WRs: Top Five To Watch

Created on Jun. 06, 2013 6:07 AM EST

Marquess Wilson, Bears

Wilson was a very late pick in April’s NFL Draft, as he waited until the 236th pick before his phone rang with the Chicago Bears on the other end. With this selection, the Bears received a troubled, but extremely talented wide receiver. The catch with Wilson is that he quit the Washington State team in 2012 due to conflict with head coach Mike Leach, but his 2011 stats were quite impressive. Wilson’s 1,388 receiving yards were good for seventh in the country two seasons ago, slotted just a few spots behind Justin Blackmon and Kendall Wright. If Wilson’s off the field transgressions are a thing of the past, his skills could shine in Chi-town.

Currently, Wilson is the newcomer in a wide receiving group that didn’t do much in 2012 behind Brandon Marshall. Second-year man Alshon Jeffery is expected to take a step forward this season, and Jay Cutler’s old college pal Earl Bennett is still hanging around Chicago, but those two players combined for a mere 53 catches in 2012. There is certainly room for another pass catcher to emerge in Bears camp alongside Brandon Marshall and new tight end Martellus Bennett, and Wilson could certainly expand his piece of Cutler’s “target pie” with a strong summer showing.

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