Chicago Bears: Under-the-radar Senior Bowl prospects to watch

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Chicago Bears, Terry McLaurin
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Wide Receiver Terry McLaurin, Ohio State

Just a couple of years ago, us fans made jokes about taking a receiver with just about every pick the Bears owned. It was a position of weakness. Now, it’s becoming a strength. Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel and Anthony Miller are the staples. Josh Bellamy could return, but Kevin White is likely gone.

The Bears will need to find a fifth receiver, and it very well could be Javon Wims, last year’s seventh-round pick out of Georgia. But, if it gets to the point where this kid is the best available player, he might be tough to pass up.

Terry McLaurin is a talented wideout coming from a talent-filled offense at Ohio State. Because of all the names around him, he’s not being talked about as a top-tier guy. Not that he’s the best receiver in the draft by any means, but McLaurin has traits that would fit well in Nagy’s offense.

Measuring in at 6-feet, 205 pounds, McLaurin possesses the speed of a legitimate deep threat. But, his route-running isn’t talked about nearly enough. In his first Senior Bowl practice, he showed just about everything he can do and impressed those in attendance.

In his final season with the Buckeyes, McLaurin posted an average of 20.0 yards per catch on 35 receptions — 11 of them being touchdowns. He has a bit of an edge to him, a lot like no. 17.