Sept. 22, 2012; Pullman, WA, USA; Washington State Cougars wide receiver Marquess Wilson (86) looks towards the sideline against the Colorado Buffaloes during the first half at Martin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports
It finally happened, as the Chicago Bears selected Marquess Wilson in the 7th round. This came as a shock to some people due to the fact that many teams had backed off because of the work ethic and especially the character issues. Those sure came into play as he almost when undrafted. Marquess Wilson becomes the first WSU player to be drafted in the NFL Draft since Zack Williams back in 2011. He better be prepared for Jay Cutler’s yelling as he is known for doing that when he’s upset.
A more positive note is that this is also a very good fit for him. He definitely fits Marc Trestman’s passing game very well. He’s good after the catch and can make some plays that I don’t think many NFL receivers can.
It truly didn’t matter if he was drafted or not because many NFL players went undrafted and are dominating today’s game. The goal isn’t to get drafted even though you want to, it’s to make a team. If you can make that team you have the opportunity to do some damage and he’s going to get that chance. Just ask Steve Gleason, as he went undrafted and had a very good career.
If Wilson works through his troubles he can definitely push for immediate playing time. The Bears are looking for another play-maker to help Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Chicago can’t go another season with Marshall as the only legitimate threat on offense. The No. 3 wide receiver spot is up for grabs. Earl Bennett, Eric Weems and Devin Hester are the top candidates currently on the roster. Bennett has shown some flashes of his potential, but has been widely inconsistent.
One thing Bears fans will love about Wilson is that he has that ability to make plays down the field, which is an area where the Bears need some help. He’s a target who can make the difficult catch in traffic. His long arms and leaping ability are something his coaches will love as he’s always wiling to go up and get it.