Ryan Poles: Bears need receivers, but we won’t force it in the draft

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Bears General Manager Ryan Poles knows his team needs wide receivers. He also knows the Bears don’t have a first-round draft pick, having traded it away to get Justin Fields last year. But he’s not overly worried.

Poles said he believes there’s talent in the second round at wide receiver, and that if the board doesn’t fall the right way for the Bears to get one, they’re not going to sweat it.

“It’s funny, because there’s a lot of panic, like, ‘You need receivers,’” Poles said, via Courtney Cronin of ESPN. “I think Davante [Adams] was taken in the second, right? So there’s talent there. It’s not always going to be like that, I get it. And we’re going to be patient. If it’s not there, we’re not going to do it and force it, either.”

The Bears need to build a good enough offense around Fields that either he thrives, or he fails and the Bears know they need to move on. But the reality of the roster Poles inherited from former General Manager Ryan Pace is that it’s going to take time, and it may not happen this year.

16 responses to “Ryan Poles: Bears need receivers, but we won’t force it in the draft

  1. They let the best receiver they’ve had in forever walk away this year.
    A Rob did more in his career with lousy quarterbacks than a lot of guys have done with much better.

  2. Antonio Brown was a 6th round pick, Stefon Diggs was a 5th round pick, Cris Carter was a 4th round pick, Terrell Owens was a 3rd round pick..

    talent can be found in every round

  3. There is a ton of needs on this team. They need linemen to protect their QB first.

  4. It’s pretty clear that Ryan Poles is focused on building a solid, balanced team that will contend over the long term. I.e. the best player at each draft slot available whether or not those are OL or WR. This regime has no investment in Fields beyond his rookie contract. They will do what they can with a combination of coaching and talent upgrades (albeit not in evidence yet) and if Fields succeeds, great but if not they will move on. Salvaging their predecessors’ 1st round QB would be a good look for Poles and the new HC, but it is NOT what they will make every other decision around. That much is already very clear.

  5. Fields needs coaching and offensive line help first and foremost. As others have pointed out, very good receivers can be found after the first round. Davante Adams, Michael Thomas, Cooper Kupp and DK Metcalf are all great receivers who weren’t first round picks.

  6. ….
    therealraider says:
    April 2, 2022 at 10:52 am
    Antonio Brown was a 6th round pick, Stefon Diggs was a 5th round pick, Cris Carter was a 4th round pick, Terrell Owens was a 3rd round pick..

    talent can be found in every round
    Agree but wold add a caveat, unless you’re the Bears. Hopefully the new administration will be better.

  7. I would be interested to see a breakdown of where the best players were drafted. I watch the first round almost every year and it seems like about half of the top 15 work out and the rest of the league‘s best players come from later rounds. The Bears not having a first round pick doesn’t bother me at all. the first player taken from a position group isn’t the best of that draft class except on rare occurrences anyway.

  8. The Bears are resetting from the Ryan Pace years and are taking one step back to take 2 or 3 steps forward. Its going to hurt in the short-term, but I like the approach Poles is taking for the long run.

  9. A steady measured team building process seems wise, but you gotta wonder how long that will take with the lost draft capital and if the lack of offensive weapons and O-line help will stunt Fields’ development.

  10. I’m glad poles landed with Chicago instead of the Vikings. Go ahead and force it in the draft. It’s ok.

  11. At least his early comments and no promises of anything upfront is a very good sign about Poles. You build from the draft regardless of what round you are drafting in to start.

  12. Poles should try using heavy weight sumo’s as offensive linemen…..out of the box thinking.

  13. Receivers are a dime a dozen. It’s all about the QB. A good QB can with with any receivers. A great receiver is nothing without a great QB. Taking a WR in the first round just sets you back a year. Not only are they unimportant, but you tend to force feed them when you have so much invested. That never ends up well.

  14. Robinson was the best WR we’ve seen? Please..

    Alshon? BMarsh?

    Robinson was tagged and salty about it. Played awful. Gave up on routes. Didn’t fight for balls.

    If he was trying to earn a pay day, his stats didn’t warrant much.

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