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NFL Draft: Bears checking WRs, including Laquon Treadwell

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NFL Draft: Bears checking WRs, including Laquon Treadwell

The Bears used the No. 7 pick in last year’s draft on Kevin White, and have franchise-tag money on the table with Alshon Jeffery.

So a first-round move on Treadwell by the Bears is hardly likely. But the Bears choose 10th in the second round and with the fluid Jeffery situation. So – along with meetings with receivers Devon Cajuste from Stanford, Braxton Miller and Michael Thomas from Ohio State, and Rashawn Scott from Miami, per various reports – the Bears clearly are doing some due diligence with the possible future in mind.

That includes a planned meeting with Mississippi wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, among the highest-rated wideouts in this year's class, at a position of increasing demand over the past several drafts.

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When the 2015 college season ended, Mississippi’s Laquon Treadwell was rated the No. 1 wide receiver heading for the 2016 draft by such as Pro Football Weekly’s Draft Guide – not surprising after Treadwell’s season of 82 catches, 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns, production with size (6-2, 220 pounds). Projected first round’er.

But then Treadwell ran a pair of 40 times in the 4.6-4.7 sec. range at the Ole’ Miss pro day, and the prospect that he might last past the Top 15 picks of the Apr. 28 round one surfaced.

Prior to that, Treadwell told Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio last month that he had visits set with the Bears, Bengals, Browns and Cowboys.

Anthony Miller sports Bears uniform at NFLPA Rookie Premiere

Anthony Miller sports Bears uniform at NFLPA Rookie Premiere

Anthony Miller has quickly become a fan favorite on social media. He has the confidence and swagger found in most top wide receivers and it comes through on his Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Miller was one of 40 players in attendance at the 2018 NFLPA Rookie Premiere where he not only learned about the business and marketing side of football, but also suited up in his Bears gameday uniform for the first time. Of course, he shared the moment on Twitter:

Panini America, a sports collectible company, snapped a picture of Miller with fellow rookie receiver Calvin Ridley (Falcons) and quarterback Mason Rudolph (Steelers):

Miller has become something of a standout for the Bears despite not playing a single snap. He's expected to have a big role in an offense that has several new pieces and roles that are up for grabs.

Miller will compete with former first-round pick Kevin White and free-agent addition Taylor Gabriel for reps opposite Allen Robinson. Miller has the necessary skill set to play as both an outside receiver and in the slot which should give him an even greater opportunity to be on the field quite a bit.

The Bears first three draft picks are all vying for starting jobs in 2018. Roquan Smith (first round) is a lock to start next to Danny Trevathan and James Daniels (second round) will start at guard. Miller should make it three-for-three in a draft class that could end up the best of Ryan Pace's tenure.

Ryan Pace ranked among bottom-third of NFL general managers

Ryan Pace ranked among bottom-third of NFL general managers

Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace is having what many believe is his best offseason since taking the job in 2015, but after three seasons and only 14 wins, he needs a big year in 2018 to justify the confidence ownership has in him. 

According to a recent breakdown of all 32 general managers, Pace ranks among the worst decision-makers in the league.

No. 23: Ryan Pace, Chicago Bears

There’s only so much you can accomplish in one spring. The problem is that Pace let himself accumulate so many needs to begin with. He needs Trubisky and Nagy to springboard a fourth-year turnaround. 

The rankings didn't include six new GM hires, which makes Pace's positioning even more troubling.

Even though the Bears haven't seen wins on the field, Pace has done a solid job through three draft classes and appears to have the right coaching staff in place. His first hire, John Fox, was a calculated move by a rookie general manager to have an experienced football guy to lean on. Now, several offseasons later, the team is starting to take on his identity.

Despite all the talent Pace has added through the draft and the slow but steady transformation of the team's overall culture, it's a win-now business and if his blueprint doesn't start producing more wins than losses, it will be hard to justify more time and patience for his plan to develop.