With the 45th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears have selected Alshon Jeffery, a wide receiver from the University of South Carolina, who came into the NFL Draft as a second or early third round draft pick.
Jeffery is a big, physical wideout (6-foot-2, 213 lbs.) that made a name for himself with the Gamecocks by routinely snagging one-handed catches as well drawing the ire of fans for crucial drops. Jeffery is more likely to out-muscle defensive backs than to blow by them with pure speed, and several scouts have noted he lacks explosiveness off the line. However, he finished his career at South Carolina with an impressive 3,042 yards receiving in the defensively dominant SEC.
The Bears' next pick is No. 79 overall. Jeffrey will team with recent acquisition Brandon Marshall to give Chicago a pair of big targets for wide receiver Jay Cutler.
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