BoiseBearsFan: What factors would you say determine if a wide receiver would be able to contribute to his team's performance in his rookie year?
Chris Steuber: The most crucial aspects of a wide receiver's success during his rookie season are his mental approach and ability to digest the playbook. A coach has to trust that his rookie – no matter what position he plays – understands the team concept and where he has to be on the field at all times.
For a receiver, it's all about timing with the quarterback. In some cases, it takes years to develop chemistry with a QB. But there are those rare occurrences where a rookie wideout is the missing piece to an offense.
Wavy77: Of the wideouts projected to go in Rounds 2-5, who have been the biggest risers and fallers of late?
CS: This is a pretty deep wide receiver class, and this offseason has really showcased the amount of talent that's available.
The biggest risers, who will come off the board between the second and fifth round, are Brian Robiskie (Ohio State), Mike Thomas (Arizona), Jarett Dillard (Rice), Brandon Tate (North Carolina), Kevin Ogletree (Virginia), Mike Wallace (Ole Miss) and Johnny Knox (Abilene Christian). The players that are falling a bit are Derrick Williams (Penn State), Austin Collie (BYU) and Aaron Kelly (Clemson).
CS: All of those receivers have great size and a unique skill set that translates well to the NFL, but I don't see any of them being Day-1 selections. Barden will probably be the first of the four selected, most likely in the third or fourth round.
Kelly and Turner are similar players and will come off the board in the fourth or fifth round. Kelly has a little more speed and athleticism, while Turner is more physical and challenges the opposition all over the field. Mitchell is an interesting player who has a lot of talent and speed, but he is inconsistent. He will be a late-round pick – sixth or seventh round.
Papabear31406: Of all the WRs expected to be there at No. 49, which one would best fit the Bears and be able to be productive the quickest?
CS: That's a tough question because while this wide receiver class has a lot of talent, it's top-heavy with players who can immediately make an impact. At No. 49, you're looking at guys like Juaquin Iglesias (Oklahoma), Louis Murphy (Florida), Derrick Williams (Penn State) and Ramses Barden (Cal Poly).
Of the four I mentioned, the most realistic to be selected that high are Iglesias and Murphy. If I had to choose between those two, I'd select Murphy. I know Florida receivers don't have a good track record, but Murphy's size and speed are exactly what the Bears need.
GeorgiaJeff: Give us some names of late-round wide receivers that you think would be a good fit with the Bears.
CS: There should be some interesting names in the late rounds for the Bears to consider at wide receiver: Brooks Foster (North Carolina), Brandon Gibson (Washington State), Deon Butler (Penn State), Tiquan Underwood (Rutgers), Jamarko Simmons (Western Michigan) and Eron Riley (Duke).
Underwood has good size and tremendous speed. A lot of scouts are enthralled with Kenny Britt's physical prowess and upside, but Underwood is also very talented. He could be a late-round steal.
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NFL Draft Q&A: Chris Steuber
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