Chicago Bears: 7-Round 2020 mock draft at end of regular season

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Wide Receiver. James Proche. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. SMU. 5. player. 884

The Chicago Bears might do some shuffling at the wide receiver position. Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller have done a great job for the offense but contributions from the rest have been spotty. Taylor Gabriel had a great game in Week 3 against Washington scoring three touchdowns but has just one since and hasn’t played in the last four games.

Of the top five receiving targets and yards on the team, two of them are running backs (Montgomery and Cohen).

The Bears drafted Riley Ridley in this year’s draft but played him sparingly (three targets in four games). He should have a bigger part in the offense in 2020 but the offense still needs at least one other wide receiver.

That’s where James Proche comes in. Coming in at 5-11 and weighing 190 pounds, Proche will be a slot receiver. He has the ability to make contested catches much like Robinson and Miller. His hands are incredible and he can haul in bullet passes thrown just about anywhere in his vicinity. He has quick feet and great body control to make catches on inaccurate passes (that can come in handy in this offense).

Like MIller, Proche has a high motor and he is exciting. He enjoys blocking and doesn’t mind any extracurriculars with defensive backs.

In 2018, SMU had two receivers who had over 1,000 yards and ultimately made it to the NFL (Courtland Sutton and Trey Quinn). Proche was the No. 3 receiver on that team and had 816 yards. In the two years after they left, he was the No. 1 receiver and amassed 2,424 yards on 204 catches. He added 27 touchdowns.

The Bears need more of those high-energy receivers who bring excitement to the game. In addition to that, they need receivers besides Robinson and Miller who make big plays. Proche would be a good addition to the offense.