The Brewing Storm
The past few days for former Washington State Cougars wide receiver Marquess Wilson were likely arduous and testing. After showcasing his talents at WSU for a few years, Wilson could very well have seen himself selected in the first few rounds of the draft. Instead, he didn’t fair so well. Round after round he saw other players go ahead of him while he waited for the call that would decide where he would be taking his talents at the next level.
3 days and 235 picks later, Wilson finally got the phone call he’s been waiting for his entire life. The Chicago Bears took Quess with the 236th overall pick – a steep drop from where he should have been selected.
Everyone with a pulse is aware of Wilson’s disastrous departure from Washington State last fall, and because of that his stock was guaranteed to slip. But 236th? That’s no slip, that is a plummet. There were 26 receivers taken before Wilson, so apparently NFL owners believe that Wilson’s incredible upside wasn’t worth the risk – and they would rather have 26 other players from the same class play at his position.
Fortunately, Wilson was selected and he now finds his home in the windy city. Well Bears fans, you just got yourselves a helluva player. And some might say a storm is brewing. For better or worse.
The Chicago Bears have an elite wide out in Brandon Marshall. But after that, Jay Cutler‘s targets are simply irrelevant. Marshall led the team with 118 receptions for 1508 yards and 11 touchdowns (the fantasy player in me had to spit that stat out). Their second leading receiver was Matt Forte with 44 receptions. When your running back is your number two option in the passing game, you need to address something.
The next receiver in line was Earl Bennett with 29 receptions. Now this has a lot to do with Cutler and Marshall’s non-exclusive love affair on the field, but still…29? This offense needed some shaking up – and oh did it shake…up.
They now bring in Marquess Wilson, a publicity monger and well-known deep threat that will open up all sorts of doors for Cutler and co. The big play threat isn’t Marshall’s specialty.
They have Alshon Jeffery – 15.3 yards per catch last season – but he lacked consistency and has always been a porous route runner.
They now throw Wilson in the mix with his 17 yards-per-catch and have added that extra element. A perfect situation for Wilson to fall into. Enjoy the steal Marc Trestman, you just got yourself another fan.
Guess I gotta get a Bears jersey now, but don’t get me wrong…GO HAWKS!!!