Chicago Bears bring in speedy receiver for pre-draft visit

It’s not a secret that the Chicago Bears are looking to add to their wide receiver room this offseason in hopes of giving Justin Fields some weapons. And they are certainly doing their homework in the predraft process.

The latest visit for the Bears is with former Baylor Bears receiver Tyquan Thornton. The speedy receiver is a vertical threat that could be added to Chicago’s offense as a weapon and a big downfield target for Fields in his second year.

Thornton comes from a sprinter background and has good long speed that allows him to get past defenders. Here is the scouting report on him via NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein:

There is a lot to like about Thornton’s game, including his instincts, long speed and ability to create separation on the move. He’s a vertical threat with the speed and poise to win deep and has an excellent feel for maintaining spacing when working against zone coverage. He’s skinny and linear, which is a bad combination in defeating strong press-man corners on the next level. The poise and catch radius will work in his favor, but the success rate on contested catches will be lower than teams like, based upon his history and physical traits. Wideouts with his size profile have struggled mightily to succeed in the league, but Thornton’s speed and talent make him worthy of a shot on Day 3.

A former four-star recruit out of high school, Thronton played four seasons at Baylor and finished his career with 143 receptions, 2,242 yards, 19 touchdowns. He was an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection for his play in the 2019 season.

It wouldn’t shock us to see the Bears double up on receivers in this draft and with Thornton possibly being there on Day 3, he could make a lot of sense for Ryan Poles and his staff.

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