Bear Report Audio: Chris Steuber

There are many directions the Chicago Bears may go in April's draft, but they have to come out of that weekend with a wide receiver and a defensive end at some point. Chris Streuber, the NFL Draft expert for, drops by to share his thoughts on a few players he likes at those positions.

John Crist: The No. 1 need for the Bears is wide receiver. They need a playmaking wide receiver. Bears fans would love to have Jeremy Maclin, but he's probably a top-10 guy. So would this team be better off taking a guy like Hakeem Nicks of North Carolina at No. 18, or maybe waiting around for Darrius Heyward-Bey of Maryland at No. 49?

Chris Steuber: It's interesting because, in this year's draft, there's very few burners I would say. Jeremy Maclin, obviously, is probably one of the top burners in this draft class. But then you have Hakeem Nicks, like you mentioned. Great route runner, excellent hands, probably the best hands in this draft, but he's not that burner that you guys need in Chicago.

But if you do wait around, you can maybe go for a guy like Kenny Britt out of Rutgers. A big, tall, 6-4, 220-pound kid who could probably run a 4.4 40 this week in Indianapolis. But also Darrius Heyward-Bey. He's not a great runner, he doesn't have consistent hands, but he is that burner. Kind of like a Troy Williamson-type of wide receiver. You probably don't want to hear that name, but that's what he is. He's that kind of guy.

It's a little bit of a sketchy draft class when it comes to the receiver position. It's a little bit top-heavy with [Michael] Crabtree and then Maclin, but it falls off a little bit as you go down. But I think Hakeem Nicks is an excellent player. He can really be a good, quality first-round pick.

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