2. Malachi Corley, WR, Western Kentucky
For all the picks that it seems Poles has nailed, there are some misses as well. Velus Jones and Tyler Scott were both mid-round WRs taken by Poles and neither has done much to show they were worth their selections. Scott has only played one season so we cannot truly judge that pick just yet, but Jones has looked like a complete bust.
The Bears will surely look to add pass catchers in the draft and free agency to compliment D.J. Moore regardless of who is throwing them the football. The Bears currently have the ninth overall pick, but do not pick after that until 75th overall. If they miss out on one of the elite wide receivers at ninth overall, they can look for someone like Corley later in the 3rd or 4th round.
Corley will not duck under any doorways as he is listed at 5'11", but what he lacks in height he more than makes up for in strength and physicality at 215 lbs.
He caught 79 balls last season for 984 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Hilltoppers. He was predominantly used in the slot and is most dangerous after the catch as he resembles a running back in that regard. His route tree is not going to blow any scout away as he is still learning the position. He was initially recruited as a cornerback and then made the switch to wide receiver. Corley can potentially fill that gadget role on offense that Velus Jones was unable to.