Insider Analysis: WR Brian Robiskie

The Chicago Bears took a gander at a few wideouts at the Senior Bowl, and it appears Brian Robiskie is the highest-rated prospect of them all. Can this son of a former pro running back eventually be a player on Sunday? Ohio State expert Mark Rea swings by Bear Report to provide his inside knowledge.

While you could make a convincing case that the Bears need a wide receiver more than anything else this offseason, especially after watching both Santonio Holmes and Larry Fitzgerald dominate Super Bowl XLIII, the high-bust factor at that position in Round 1 could have Chicago looking elsewhere.

So if general manager Jerry Angelo decides to go another way at No. 18 overall, like maybe a pass-rushing end or a hard-hitting safety to help a once-dominant defense, that means he could be in the market for a young wideout in the second or third round. One prospect that apparently caught the team's attention at the Senior Bowl in Mobile is Brian Robiskie from Ohio State, the son of former running back and current Falcons receivers coach Terry Robiskie. While the Buckeye pass catcher may not be an instant hit in the NFL like Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree and Missouri's Jeremy Maclin are expected to be, the younger Robiskie has the ability to be a quality contributor on Sunday.

In order to get a better grasp on what Robiskie brings to the table and whether or not he can develop into a player one day, Bear Report called on Ohio State expert Mark Rea for a top-to-bottom scouting report on the 6-3, 199-pounder.

According to Rea, Robiskie has the proper pedigree and route-running technique to get the job done, although he's limited physically, doesn't have top-end speed, and needs to add some bulk on his wiry frame.

WR Brian Robiskie
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Rea Says: Robiskie is a smart kid and comes from a football background being the son of Terry. He runs precise routes, has good hands, and comes back to the ball well. But he needs to work on his strength more than anything else, and he sometimes has difficulty getting the separation he needs on the deep ball. Overall, I think he will be a good third or fourth receiver in the NFL. But if he gets stronger, he could move into the starting lineup in the right program and with the right coaching.

JC's Take: The Bears simply don't have a possession target that can move the chains and take some of the pressure off Devin Hester on the other side of the formation, and '08 third-round draft pick Earl Bennett probably can't handle that task since he's best suited working out of the slot.

Marty Booker apparently retired before last season even though he was still suiting up, Brandon Lloyd did nothing to dispute his reputation as a soft footballer, and Rashied Davis would be out of work if he weren't so good in coverage on special teams. But Angelo must be careful at No. 18 not to reach for a Hakeem Nicks from North Carolina or a Darrius Heyward-Bey from Maryland, two talented receivers but neither nearly as good as Crabtree or Maclin. Perhaps Nicks or Heyward-Bey will improve his stock dramatically with an impressive showing at the Scouting Combine or, better yet, Crabtree or Maclin unexpectedly falls to the Bears, but don't count on either happening.

Robiskie may become a solid receiver in this league but has limited upside, making him somewhat of a reach in Round 2 but worth a choice in Round 3.

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