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Chicago Bears, Kevin Austin Jr.
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With their final pick in the draft, Ryan Poles and the Bears select wide receiver Kevin Austin Jr. out of Notre Dame. As the leading Irish receiver in 2021, Austin comes into the pros having experience being “the guy.” However, at the NFL level, he may need a little work if he is to capture that type of role.

Coming in as a rookie and potentially being the third or fourth guy in line, though, is not out of the realm of possibilities. Austin may end up being quite the steal, too, when it is all said and done.

In today’s NFL, it pays to have a receiver who can make catches in traffic and also excels after the catch. Austin is the type of player who can do both. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Austin can make the tougher catches in stride and then make guys miss afterwards.

Interestingly enough, Austin can also be used on deep routes and find success. Last year, he averaged 18.5 yards per reception on 48 catches — seven of them being touchdowns.

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Austin only has one real year of production, which is a big reason why he will be drafted a little later. However, if the Bears end up hitting on his potential, they will win big, here.