Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace has had great success finding talent on Day 3 of the NFL Draft. His impressive hit list includes Jordan Howard, Tarik Cohen, Adrian Amos and Eddie Jackson, each of whom is a big part of the Bears' rebuilding efforts.
Pace added four more Day-3 players in April, including Georgia wide receiver Javon Wims in the seventh round. The 6-3, 214-pound native of Miami, Florida is bringing size to Chicago's receiving corps and said Friday during an appearance on 670 The Score that he can be an all-around receiver for the Bears this season.
Bears rookie receiver Javon Wims on @670TheScore: "Whether it's a red zone threat or possession receiver, I feel I can do pretty much anything."— Chris Emma (@CEmma670) May 18, 2018
Wims has a lot of bodies in front of him on the depth chart and needs a big training camp to earn meaningful playing time in 2018. Allen Robinson (6-3, 211) and Kevin White (6-3. 216) are similarly sized and will get the lion's share of reps this summer. Even veterans like Marlon Brown (6-5, 214) and Bennie Fowler (6-1, 212) can't be discounted as big-bodied receivers fighting for a red-zone role on offense.
Wims was a late-bloomer as a Bulldog. He finished 2017 with 45 catches for 720 yards and seven touchdowns, by far his best collegiate season after beginning his career in the JUCO ranks.
Pace has an eye for underrated talent. Whether Wims is his next Day-3 gem won't be known for some time, but he's entering offseason workouts with the confidence needed to compete at the highest level.