Originally posted on Midway Illustrated  |  Last updated 5/7/13
While most of the hype every year surrounds each team's first two to three NFL Draft picks rarely can someone target where a general manager came up short.  In the case of Chicago Bears general manager, Phil Emery you can clearly pick out where this draft was an abject failure at an extremely critical juncture in this draft, the wide receiver position.  Emery did not address the wide receiver position until the seventh round of the draft when  he drafted Marquess Wilson a 20-year-old true junior from Washington State. Wilson shows some potential on film, but the reality of the situation is Wilson was a seventh round draft choice for a reason, and rarely if ever do seventh round draft picks ever make the roster.  Throughout the annals of the hype machine that is the NFL Draft, you will so often hear about the UDFA's or sixth or seventh rounders that have made a name for themselves in the NFL.  Detractors so often point to Tom Brady(6th round pick),  Tony Romo (UDFA) as players who have succeeded in a big way in the NFL, but the reality is a seventh round draft pick has a less than 1-percent chance of becoming a five-year 56 game starter in the NFL.  Currently on the Chicago Bears roster there are three legitimate wide receivers who you could say have caught a pass in the NFL; Eric Weems and Devin Hester's snaps at receiver notwithstanding.  Neither Hester nor Weems should be asked to line up at the wide receiver position during the 2013 season.   Hester has already been relegated to  being a return-man only, while Weems should essentially fill that role as well.   This leaves Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Earl Bennett who have at one point in their careers at least looked like NFL receivers.  Marshall is the obvious stud, one of the top-five wide receivers in the NFL, but he's recovering from hip surgery.  Jeffery battled a broken hand and a knee issue in 2012 and will enter his second full season as a receiver.  Bennett it could be argued should no longer be on the roster because his lack of production and consistent injury history is problematic.  Bennett has played a full 16-game season just once in his four year career and that was in year two.  Bennett has missed nine games over the last two seasons and predictably will likely wind up injured again this year.  If one of the top three wide receivers is injured, the Bears will be down to two players who instill confidence that they are able to help take the load off of Marshall.  The question can legitimately be asked,  What in the hell is Phil Emery thinking?  There is no strategy in going out and trying to turn someone else's  cast offs into legitimate roster help.  Players that fail on another team and are cut fail fore a variety of reasons, but rarely find the grass greener elsewhere in the NFL.  The lack of depth at the wide receiver position is more than just problematic, it's an absolute nightmare.  Phil Emery was wrong to draft two linebackers and two offensive linemen for the sake of "competition" while ignoring the receiver position until the seventh round.  Whether it was failing to find a speedy slot wide receiver option or just failing in general to add to Jay Cutler's arsenal of play makers, Emery is playing an absolutely daring game of chicken with the injury bug.  The bottom line, in conjunction with a second consecutive year with a questionable first draft pick, Emery is struggling to put together a legitimate 53-man roster with the weapons and depth necessary to survive a 16 game NFL season. Right now it still appears that Phil Emery is in over his head as a general manager of the Chicago Bears.
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