The Chicago Bears selected North Carolina wide receiver Dazz Newsome in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft. A few picks before the Bears selected Newsome, they drafted Virginia Tech running back Khalil Herbert.
In 2020, Newsome caught 54 passes for 684 yards and six touchdowns. That was down from his career year in 2019, when he caught 72 passes for 1,018 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Strengths: Short, tough wide receiver who fits a need for the Bears as a slot receiver. Once he has the ball in his hands, he picks up yards after the catch with good vision and contact balance. Breaks tackles and isn’t afraid of contact. Extensive experience as a punt returner.
Weaknesses: Limited to the slot and has a history of drops. Body catcher who needs to do a better job of attacking the football in the air.
What it means: The Bears addressed their special teams needs with their last two picks and Newsome is a smooth runner with a ton of experience who can be schemed into the offense early.