General manager Jerry Angelo said Tuesday that he didn't want a wide receiver in the NFL Draft if he was just another "vanilla cone," instead looking for a prospect that has some flavor and a few sprinkles on top.
With the 140th-overall pick in Round 5, the Bears selected Abilene Christian wide receiver Johnny Knox. At 5-11 and 186 pounds, Knox is one of the fastest players in the entire draft and has run sub-4.3 40-yard dash times during the evaluation process, really making a name for himself at the Scouting Combine in February. He started 33 of the 38 games he played at the Division II program, recording 163 receptions for 3,250 yards and 43 touchdowns – that's an astonishing 19.9 yards per catch.
Along with Oklahoma wideout Juaquin Iglesias, who was taken in Round 3, Knox will have a chance to get on the field and make some plays as a rookie because the Bears don't have much on the depth chart ahead of him.
Then with the 154th-overall pick later in Round 5, the Bears went with Ohio State linebacker Marcus Freeman. At 6-1 and 239 pounds, Freeman was projected to go much earlier in the draft and appears to be a very good value for where Chicago got him – just like fourth-rounder D.J. Moore. He'll start out at weak-side linebacker since he made 26 starts at that position for the Buckeyes, although he could ultimately make a move over to the strong side of the formation since he started 11 games there, too.
Freeman played a lot of special teams in Columbus even though he was a starter for three years on defense, which is a good thing since he's not going to compete for a starting role in the Windy City as a first-year player.
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