The Bears are in an odd position when it comes to their wide receiving core. Beyond Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White, there is really no game-changing talent to rely on. Nobody knows what to expect from Kevin White given he missed his rookie campaign with an injury. Jeffery’s future is also uncertain as he was given the franchise tag this offseason. With all of these uncertainties and the fact that you simply can’t have enough skill players, would the Bears consider drafting the pride of Crete-Monee, Laquon Treadwell?
Treadwell is an extremely polished wide receiver, already drawing comps to DeAndre Hopkins before he has even stepped on an NFL field. He’s received criticism for his slow 40 time at his pro day and for the fact that he didn’t run it at the combine. Because of this, and perhaps rightfully so, his stock has slipped a bit. This means he likely won’t be a Bear unless they trade down or reach to take him. The Bears have been connected to a lot of big men prior to the draft, hinting that they’re leaning towards offensive of defensive line help in the first round. However, you can basically assume everything prior to the draft that comes out of Bears camp is a lie because they don’t want to tip their hand.
I don’t want the Bears to draft Treadwell 11th overall because that’s not good value. Teams are built through the draft because they get the most value with their picks. For example, even if Kyle Long had become the superstar left tackle we were hoping for, it still wouldn’t have been a good first round pick because the Bears could’ve gotten him in the second. However, I would have absolutely no problem with them trading the 11th pick to move down a couple of spots, grabbing Treadwell, then having another pick or two to play with as a received bonus from whoever they traded with. There are plenty of teams who are going to need to overdraft a quarterback who pick after the Bears. The Rams, Bills, Jets, Texans, and Broncos would all not be faulted for taking one in the first round. Maybe the Bears can exploit their need.