Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 5/14/12
The Chicago Bears' focus this offseason was to upgrade their offense and they did a great job through free agency and the draft. They acquired Brandon Marshall on March 13th after trading the Dolphins two third-round draft picks. Then, they traded up in the second round of the draft to nab South Carolina stud wideout Alshon Jeffery.
 
After a stellar sophomore year in Columbia that included 1,517 receiving yards and nine TDs, Jeffery was projected as a first-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. His numbers dropped significantly in his junior season, where he only had 762 yards and eight touchdowns.

He played the 2011 college season at 230 pounds, giving scouts concern that he would not possess break-away speed. But at the Combine, Jeffery came in lean and mean at 216 pounds and ran a 4.48 40-yard dash.
 
That was enough for the Bears to pass on LSU receiver Rueben Randle and trade their fifth-round pick to get Jeffery at No. 45 overall. He has a great learning curve seeing how he won’t be the focus of the offense. He plays in the NFC North, which every team ranked in the bottom half of the NFL in passing yards allowed in 2011, and he has a young quarterback who loves to throw the football in Jay Cutler.
 
Alshon Jeffery could be one of the surprises of the 2012 NFL season. Offensive coordinator Mike Tice has already given Jeffery praise during the Bears' rookie mini-camp. Saying he caught everything thrown his way, and is focusing on learning the playbook.
 
Now, as far as rookie wide receivers going into this year's Fantasy Football season, Arizona's Michael Floyd has to be in the best situation. He is playing alongside Larry Fitzgerald and has a pretty decent QB throwing him the ball in a healthy Kevin Kolb. Justin Blackmon should be the next one taken because of his big play-making ability. After these two it’s a toss-up between Brian Quick for St. Louis and Rueben Randle of New York.

Alshon Jeffery should be there until the very end, unless you’re in a very deep league that plays offense and defensive players, or a dynasty league. Keep an eye on the Chicago box score each week because if he does make it out of the draft and is a free agent, he could put up good enough numbers to be a No. 4 or even number No. 3 receiver in most leagues. Do not be surprised if he has a 500-plus yards receiving year with five touchdowns.

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