From mistake to the lake: Bears grab notorious WR Marquess Wilson in 7th round
BY mark potash email@example.com April 27, 2013 9:14PM
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Updated: May 30, 2013 2:44PM
The Bears traded down in the fifth round for a roll of the dice in the seventh.
After moving down 10 spots in the fifth round to acquire the Atlanta Falcons’ seventh-round pick, the Bears took Washington State wide receiver Marquess Wilson, who quit his college team last season over alleged physical and mental abuse by coach Mike Leach. He later recanted those charges.
Wilson was considered a possible first- or second-round pick after setting school records with 82 receptions for 1,388 yards (16.9 per catch) and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2011. He had 52 receptions for 813 yards (15.6 per catch) and five touchdowns in nine games last season.
‘‘We definitely did our due diligence [on Wilson],’’ Bears general manager Phil Emery said. ‘‘We felt the point in the draft that a person [with his] talent deserves a second chance. His biggest sin is he walked out. We felt very comfortable that this was a good person who made an immature decision.’’
Boom or bust
Cornelius Washington said he feels ‘‘blessed to be able to go to Chicago.’’ He just didn’t think it would be in the sixth round.
The 6-4, 265-pound defensive end/linebacker from Georgia was considred a second- or third-round prospect entering the draft. ESPN’s Mel Kiper had him going 48th overall. As it turned out, the Bears drafted him as a defensive end with the 188th pick.
‘‘Me and my agent ... we’re still shocked,’’ Washington said. ‘‘I have no idea what was going on. But I’ve got an opportunity and that’s the most important thing. You turn something that’s mildly negative into a positive and it’s still a blessing. I’m blessed to even get drafted at all. So I’m not bitter. Just ready to go to work.’’
More o-line help
After drafting Kyle Long with the 20th overall pick Emery added more offensive line competition by drafting Louisiana Tech tackle Jordan Mills in the fifth round (163rd overall).
Mills, a cousin of Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams, was part of an offense that allowed just 10 sacks and led the nation in scoring (51.5 points per game).
He’s already looking forward to forming a bookend pair of tackles with Jermon Bushrod.
‘‘With him on the left side, me on the right side, that’s going to be an offensive line to reckon with — and with Kyle Long also,’’ Mills said.
Lewis-Moore to Ravens
Defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore, who suffered a torn ACL in the national championship game, was one of four Notre Dame players drafted Saturday.
Lewis-Moore was selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the sixth round (200th overall), one pick after his teammate, running back Theo Riddick, was taken by Detroit. Safeties Jamoris Slaughter (sixth round, Cleveland) and Zeke Motta (sixth round, Atlanta) also were picked.
Spence to Bucs
Illinois defensive tackle Akeem Spence was drafted by Tampa Bay in the fourth round (100th). Two Illini teammates also were drafted: cornerback Terry Hawthorne (Pittsburgh, fifth round) and defensive end Michael Buchanan (New England, seventh round).
Palmer to Packers
Illinois State linebacker Nate Palmer, a former Simeon star, was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the sixth round (193rd).
Chadron (Neb.) State offensive lineman Garrett Gilkey of Aurora Christian went to the Browns in the seventh round (227th).