Will Bears grab a No. 3 receiver in NFL Draft?

Updated 4/25/2014 7:27 PM

The top of the Bears' wide receiver depth chart is set in stone with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, who combined last season for 189 receptions, 2,716 yards and 19 touchdowns.

But the No. 3 spot is wide open. Last year's No. 3, Earl Bennett, was waived in a move to free up salary cap space. So the competition for that spot is between 2013 seventh-round pick Marquess Wilson and recently signed free agent Josh Morgan -- for now.


The Bears are expected to elevate that competition with a draft pick, although probably not in the first two rounds. Coaches are pleased with the progress and potential they see in the 6-foot-4, 184-pound Wilson, who was just 20 years old when he was drafted out of Washington State after playing just two seasons.

His length, leaping ability and sneaky deep speed could give the Bears another down-the-field threat once he becomes stronger and refines his route running.

The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Morgan has started 54 games in six NFL seasons. He produced just 20 catches for 214 yards last season with Washington, but HE had 48 receptions for 510 yards a year earlier. Morgan could also help fill the voids the Bears have at the kickoff-return and punt-return positions.


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