Draft Capsule: WR Robert Woods

Draft Capsule: WR Robert Woods

March 17, 2013, 1:30 pm
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Scott Krinch

Robert Woods (WR), USC

6-0 | 201 lbs.

2012 Stats:

76 REC, 846 YDS, 11 TD

Projection:

2nd Round

Strengths:

Ability to create separation from defenders using doubles moves and beats press coverage by using quick, long strides. Has as good of hands as any wide receiver in the 2013 Draft class, makes the highlight reel catches look easy. Great vision, using his speed to pick yards after the catch. Isn't afraid to go across the middle and will take the hit to secure a first down. Never gives up on the play and helps his quarterback by coming back to the ball or getting open down the field. Has the talent to be a possession or home-run threat wideout at the next level.

Weaknesses:

Strength is a concern when it comes to Woods. Doesn't have the body type to put on much more muscle mass and may get pushed around by physical corners in the NFL. Looks to run after the catch, forgetting to secure the ball which led to too many drops in 2012. Needs to improve his blocking. Lingering ankle issues throughout his time at Southern California raise some red flags with scouts.

Fit for the Bears:

After the additions of Martellus Bennett and Jermon Bushrod in free agency, Phil Emery has put the Bears in a position to either trade down or take the best player available at No. 20. Taking Woods in the first-round would be way too early, but if Emery can somehow secure an extra second-round pick, Woods could be a guy the Bears target. There's no question the former USC standout was one of the most explosive players in the country in 2011, but his numbers dropped during his junior season. Learning behind Brandon Marshall could help Woods figure out what went wrong in 2012 and could give the Bears one of the biggest steals in the year's draft.