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The Bears continued their offensive theme in round 2 by selecting Oklahoma wide receiver Mark Bradley.

Although Bradley's career numbers aren't impressive upon a first glance, he proved be a valuable member of the Sooners over the course of two seasons.

Bradley had to sit out a year when he transferred from Arkansas Pine Bluff to Oklahoma. As a Sooner he averaged 20.1 yards on his 34 receptions and reached the end zone 9 times. In his two years at Arkansas Pine Bluff he started three games and caught 24 balls.

Despite being a backup for the majority of his college career, Bradley began to rise up the draft board during Oklahoma's pro day, when he ran a 4.4 forty. He also posted a vertical leap of 39-inches coupled with his six-foot-1, 201-pound frame make him an athletic target.

Still the biggest impact Bradley could have as a rookie is on special teams. He has experience as a kick and punt returner, as well as being an ace gunner on coverage. The fact he is a great special teams player and can do so many things on a football field is something that is appealing to the Bears.

"If he can impact Sunday in some way outside of special teams that would really be a bonus for us this year," GM Jerry Angelo said.

Bradley was the eighth receiver taken in the draft. Georgia's Reggie Brown went to Philadelphia four picks ahead of where the Bears selected Bradley.

"We liked Reggie Brown very very much, we think he's more prepared to come in here and play right now but Bradley brought something to us that we coveted more and that was speed," Angelo said.

Bradley is a raw talent and because he doesn't have a lot of on the field experience he's considered a work in progress.

"We just liked the way he was growing and developing in the program and we felt that if he had another year left as did his coaches, that the sky was the limit for him," Angelo said.

In order to speed up his transition to the NFL the Bears plan on breaking away from what most backups would be asked to do.

"Usually it's common if he's not the starter that he has to learn at least two or three positions. I don't foresee that based on what (offensive coordinator) Ron (Turner) talked about; he wants to lock him in at one position because he wants to get him up to speed as quickly as possible."

With Bradley being slowly worked into the rotation, Justin Gage, Bernard Berrian and Bobby Wade are left to compete for the starting role opposite Muhsin Muhammad.

Bradley is already familiar with one member of the 53-man roster. He and Tommie Harris are good friends from their days at Oklahoma and joked about them being reunited in Chicago.

"It's a tremendous opportunity and I am going to take it on full head and hopefully we can work things out on the offensive side of the ball," Bradley said.

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