The Chicago Bears have made an offensive selection with their third round pick, taking Tennessee WR Velus Jones Jr with the 71st overall pick.

The speedster was a special teams standout for the SEC school, while not showing the biggest receiving numbers. Jones will more than likely be inserted into the offense as the Bears’ slot receiver.


Here is a breakdown of Jones’ game via NFL Draft analyst Lance Zierlein:

Special-teams specialist with good size. Despite spending six seasons in college between his time at USC and Tennessee, Jones has very modest production as a wideout, but flashed potential in that area in 2021. He’s fearless with the ball in his hands after the catch and as a kick returner. He’s not a very fundamentally sound route-runner but might not need to be if teams view him as a catch-and-run specialist in the quick game underneath. Jones has a chance to ride his special teams versatility into a specialist spot on a roster.


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