Is Wideout a First Round Option?

Even though the Bears have taken a receiver on the first day of the draft the past two years, the team is still contemplating making it a third. Bear Report has learned a top rated player at the position is scheduled to visit Halas Hall.

While the exact date hasn't been confirmed, Miami WR Sinorice Moss will be in Lake Forest before April 21st, the deadline for private visits.

The younger brother of Washington Redskins WR Santana Moss, Sinorice is also a burner. At five-foot-8, 185-pound Moss has sub 4.4 forty speed with a vertical leap of 42 inches

Although Moss' lack of size has been called a negative, he sees it as an advantage.

"A lot of big guys can't adjust to that. They really don't know what to do with a smaller size receiver," Moss said. "If I'm coming at you 100 mph, if you're able to move or not to move, you have to find different ways to adjust to that. By my coming off and knowing where I'm going and running different pass patterns, it's hard for a taller cornerback to adjust to that."

As a full-time starter last season, Moss posted career-best numbers with 35 receptions for 604 yards and 6 touchdowns. He started just four games as a junior totaling 20 catches for 351 yards and 3 scores.

The Bears spoke with Moss at the Senior Bowl and have continued to keep the line of communication open.

"I feel kind of comfortable talking to them and they've shown a lot of interest," Moss said of talks with the Bears at the NFL Combine.

The question will be how quickly Moss could contribute. He could have an immediate impact in the return game. He had limited experience in the role with the Hurricanes, but has the talent to be effective on either punts or kickoffs.

In terms of his offensive impact, the Bears saw firsthand what an undersized receiver with top end speed can do to a defense in the playoff loss to Carolina.

"Watching my brother and Steve Smith this year, they opened a lot of coaches' eyes," Moss said. "They showed that the smaller receivers can make the big plays and can do the things the 6-2 receivers can."

Positive: Explosive wideout with game-breaking speed. Fast off the line, quick to top speed and easily runs past opponents with a flip of the switch. Displays adjustment, body control and contorts in midair to pull the ball from a crowd. Improving route-runner and separates from defenders.

Negative: Short and loses battles for the ball. Does not consistently make the difficult, over-the-shoulder reception downfield. Marginal blocker.

Analysis: Ever-improving the past six months, Moss capped a solid final season with a good showing at the Senior Bowl. A potential second wideout at the next level and would enhance his value to a team returning punts/kicks.


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