Recently we looked at a potential “Brock Osweiler” type trade between the Chicago Bears and Jacksonville Jaguars. It saw the Bears acquire Blake Bortles’ bad contract, with a 2018 second round draft pick attached to it. With the Bears still in rebuilding mode, the idea was that they could use their cap space to add another future young star.
However while the Bears could use all the draft ammo they can get, it seems incredibly unlikely they would pull the trigger on such a move. The Browns were one of, if not the first team to try it and we have yet to see the results of the experiment.
But even if they don’t land a second rounder in the 2018 Draft, the Bears should attempt to land a first rounder from the 2015 NFL Draft.
Through the Bears’ first two preseason games, the team’s receiving core has been mainly lackluster. While some of the blame could be pointed towards Mike Glennon’s poor quarterback play, Chicago’s starting receivers have failed to draw much fanfare.
Cameron Meredith will function as the team’s WR1 during the upcoming season. He fills in for Alshon Jeffery, who signed with the Eagles during the offseason. Meredith broke out last year to the tune of 66 catches for 888 yards and four TDs. He isn’t as polished as Jeffery was, but he is looking to prove he can be the focal point of the Bears’ offense.
During the preseason he has caught two passes for 26 yards during the preseason. Meredith was actually shut out during the Bears’ opener against the Broncos with all of his production coming Week Two against the Cardinals. He would’ve had a better output if Glennon had not under threw him in Week One, or he wasn’t held in Week Two. For someone who is poised to be a WR1, Meredith needs to have a big game in Week Three to prove he can handle the job.
Former first rounder Kevin White is expected to be the team’s WR2 in 2017. He has the draft pedigree to succeed and is finally healthy. However much like his first two years in the league, White’s output has been absent during the team’s first two playoff games.
Much like Meredith, all of his production came in Week Two. But even that game amounted to just two catches for two yards. White has potential, perhaps more than any receiver currently on the roster. But he has been a major disappointment during his time in the NFL. White needs to have a big 2017 to earn back the fans and ownership’s trust.
The battle for slot receiver is down to three candidates: Kendall Wright, Victor Cruz and Markus Wheaton. Wheaton was expected to win the job following a $6 million payday, but he has been sideline for all of training camp. At this point he is no more than a glorified deep threat. Wright currently looks like he is in the lead for the job as he worked with the first team in Week Two. But outside of Wheaton, neither Wright or Cruz look to be in the Bears’ plans beyond 2017.
The Bears aren’t going to find a franchise difference maker at wide receiver in free agency. They are forced to work with what they got in 2017. However they can begin planning for 2018 with a simple trade. Adding another talented young player behind Meredith and potentially one of the big 2018 FA (Sammy Watkins, Jeffery, etc.), could turn the Bears’ receiving core from worst to first.
One player that comes to mind is current Indianapolis Colt, Phillip Dorsett. Per the Ringer’s Michael Lombari, the Colts currently have Dorsett on the trading block. It’s unlikely the 2015 first round pick would cost much, giving the Bears more incentive to take a look.
— Rich Eisen Show (@RichEisenShow) August 19, 2017
One Man’s Trash
Phillip Dorsett has been in the NFL for the past two seasons, appearing in 26 games, starting seven. He has caught 51 passes for 753 yards and three touchdowns.
Dorsett’s stats aren’t all that impressive, but he has also been buried on the depth chart. Both T.Y Hilton and Donte Moncrief are ahead of Dorsett, as well as tight ends Dwayne Allen (now with the Patriots), Coby Fleener (now with the Saints) and Jack Doyle.
When you have so much talent in front of you, it’s hard to really make a difference. Dorsett was essentially being used as a deep threat. And while it may not show, Dorsett truly thrived.
In 2017 he finished with 16 yards per reception, good for eight best in the NFL. He did what the Colts were asked of him and succeeded. While he didn’t catch many touchdown passes, he was able to stretch the field and make big plays to open the offense.
The Chicago Bears could use a play maker like that. Adding a speedster in the slot or on the outside next to Meredith should help spread out the field. Teams would be forced to unload the box in case of a Dorsett deep bomb, which has a great ring to it.
With a bruiser of a running back in Jordan Howard, a speedy receiver in Dorsett could do wonders for the offense. He’s no Jeffery but he’s exactly the type of receiver the Chicago Bears need.
Dorsett spent four years with the Miami Hurricanes, catching 121 passes for 2,132 yards and 17 TDs. He showed his play making prowess, averaging 17.6 yards per catch for his career, including 24.2 YPC during his senior season.
Dorsett went on to blow up the combine with a 4.33 40 yard dash. That time was good enough for second best among wide receivers. It was also .02 seconds faster than current Bears’ receiver Kevin White’s time that same combine.
Going into the draft multiple different analysts felt that Dorsett was in for a great NFL career.
Mike Mayock of of NFL.com:
“Dorsett is fast and he’s tough. He can just accelerate off the line of scrimmage. He catches the ball easily. When he gets vertical, forget about it. He has rare ability.”
“I will guarantee he goes in the top 40 this year. In fact, I will be surprised if he doesn’t go in the first. Elite speed and separation player.”
Even after he was selected the Colts were lauded for the pick. CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco gave Indianapolis an A for their selection of Dorsett.
— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) May 1, 2015
Phillip Dorsett may not be having the NFL career many expected. But he’s only two years removed from being one of the highest rated receivers in the draft.
Phillip Dorsett would give the Chicago Bears a young play making receiver to pair with Meredith. If White is able to find his stride then the Bears would have one of the better young receiving cores in the league.
However the Bears could take it one step further. They have the cap space to sign a Sammy Watkins or even Alshon Jeffery. If they were able to bring in a top flight receiver while moving Meredith to WR2 and Dorsett to the slot, they could potentially have the best receiving core in the league.
Dorsett may not impress fans now, but he has the potential to be a stud in the NFL. If he is no longer buried on the depth chart, he could have a chance to shine and prove he deserved a spot in the first round.
It won’t cost much more than a late round pick and it comes at a position of need. The Chicago Bears should absolutely give the Indianapolis Colts a call over former first round wide receiver Phillip Dorsett.
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