Alec Lemon (WR), Syracuse
6-1 | 202 lbs.
72 receptions, 1,070 yards, 7 TD
Lemon has a track record of being a high-volume receiver that a quarterback can count on in almost any situation. While his speed is far from elite, Lemon is a technician while running routes. His hands are just as dependable on a quick slant as they are on a deep corner. Lemon has shown the ability to be a headache for defenders covering him in the slot and across the middle of the field. A smart player who always seems to know where he is required to be on the field and possesses a better than average awareness, especially when the quarterback is being blitzed.
Lacks elite speed. Not an imposing receiver physically. Could struggle with bigger defensive backs who pressure him at the line of scrimmage. Lemon did play with one of the top quarterbacks in the 2013 NFL Draft, Ryan Nassib, which some could argue is a reason for the big numbers. While this should be taken into consideration, it should also not be completely blown out of proportion. In the right situation Lemon could succeed rather quickly, but just like any young receiver he will need an opportunity to demonstrate his abilities during training camp and the preseason.
Fit for the Bears:
The Bears have a good core of wide receivers with Brandon Marshall, Earl Bennett and Alshon Jeffery. But, beyond these three players quarterback Jay Cutler has no dependable receiver option. Who knows what Devin Hester and Eric Weems can provide. Plus, the remaining receiver options that fill out the roster are all young, inexperienced players like Joe Anderson, Brittan Golden, Terrance Tolliver and Dale Moss. These four have a chance to develop, but are still fighting to stay in the league. Lemon would be a player that makes a lot of sense to keep on the radar in the later rounds of the draft. His ability to quickly learn the offense and fearless demeanor could be just what the Bears need as a fourth or fifth receiver. Lemon can make plays and create problems for defenses over the middle of the field, an area the Bears and new head coach Marc Trestman will surely look to improve on in 2013.