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Alshon Jeffery was one of the Bears top 3 rated receivers
Bears general manager Phil Emery said Alshon Jeffery of South Carolina was one of the team’s top-3 rated receivers.
When I later asked him about Jeffery being the third-rated, Emery interrupted me and clarified that he didn’t say that there were two better.
“He was the highest rated player on our board,” Emery said of the player they gave up a fifth-round pick to move up five spots in the second round to take. “He was very high on our wideout list.
He was in our top 3. He has the best hands. Best at adjusting. Best sideline and end zone.
“He’s dynamic with the ball in his hands.”
That begs the question: Who were the other two receivers?
Justin Blackmon had to be one, but I wonder if the Bears may have red-flagged Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd.
The Bears brought in Kendall Wright of Baylor for a visit, and he doesn’t have any character concerns. Neither does Stephen Hill, the Georgia Tech receiver that at least Bears coach Lovie Smith saw in person.
Either way, the Bears got a player they are very excited about in Jeffery.
Interestingly, Emery doesn’t like the comparison of Jeffery to Mike Williams of the Seattle Seahawks.
“I saw Mike Williams. He’s not as athletic as Alshon. I see them on different levels. Mike was more of an inside receiver,” Emery said.
Emery added that he pushed Jeffery in a private meeting about his weight, and he was impressed with his “strong” answers. Jeffery insisted that his weight wasn’t any different in 2011 than 2010.
“He’s very confident, underneath all that quietness,” Emery said. “He doesn’t lack athletic confidence.”
So why does Emery think Jeffery went from a Biletnikoff finalist to a modest final season?
“Quarterback changed,” Emery said. “I do think he got frustrated. I won’t deny that. I saw frustration on tape.”
But, Emery also noted that South Carolina ran the ball markedly more.
“This was the highest rated player on our board,” Emery said. “We still feel we needed to add to the receiver group.”