Chris Varughese

The Bears Brawl Writer, Jr. Editor and Draft Expert

The Chicago Bears seemed stacked at wide receivers with Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel. They also added talent in the draft with Anthony Miller and Javon Wims. However, it is one of the more injury-prone positions in football so adequate depth is always needed. They lost a role player in Josh Bellamy this offseason so finding a talented receiving option in the draft is a good idea. Especially if the prospect taken has good upside. Terry McLaurin is a great option out of Ohio State to add depth to the receiving corps. He also has great upside, so he may intrigue Ryan Pace to take a shot on him.

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Terry McLaurin is one of the more underrated receivers in the draft class. Coming out of a crowded wide receiving corps at Ohio State, he never had a chance to shine until his senior year. The first thing that pops out is his natural ability to catch the ball and his speed. Catching the ball consistently is something that young wide receivers tend to struggle with, but with McLaurin he has mastered almost every catch. He is very fundamental, reacting to the ball very quickly and adjusts great on bad throws. He can also jump for the ball, but that was never asked of him in the Ohio State offense. The thing that stands about him the most is his route running and release technique. He has great feet and hands at the line of scrimmage giving him a lot of space to operate. He is at his best releasing to the inside, but his outside release is also very good. His mastery of releasing technique has given him the ability to run routes with ease. When McLaurin breaks at the top of his route, he decelerates flawlessly, giving the defender no clue where he is going to go next. He always manages to be open, and with his speed he was deadly when he was properly utilized. Even with McLaurin’s speed, coaches won’t need to draw anything up to get the ball into his hands, as he is at his best when running routes one on one. He also has great recognition against zone packages. He isn’t strong, but he shows great toughness in both catching and running through tackles.

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McLaurin may have speed, but he shows a lack of strength and inconsistency in run blocking on the outside. Another thing that can deter teams is the fact that he only has one year of production and was regarded as the WR3 in Ohio State’s offense behind Parris Campbell and K.J. Hill. He also has poor acceleration, as it takes him a while to get to his top speed which does not help his deep ball game. Usually he compensates that with route running skills, but he also lacks the elusiveness and vision to make him a deep threat play. He isn’t a home run threat whenever he touches the ball.

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Terry McLaurin may lack vision and elusiveness, but he has all the makings of a fine possession receiver at the next level. His route running and speed allow him to gain separation very easily, and he also has the most consistent hands in the draft class. He is an excellent target for a young wide quarterback to grow with, especially due to his high football IQ. However, it is important to remember that the team is not getting a deep threat, so it is essential for teams to know what they’re getting when they draft him. That is a fast, fundamental, smart possession receiver with good size at 6’0. He can easily develop into one of the best wide receivers to come out of this draft class especially with his insanely high floor, especially if he can work on his strength.

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