The Bears have long been eliminated from the playoff picture, so it’s time to turn some of our attention to college football’s bowl games. Yes, Bowl Season is upon us and for many players these final games serve as an audition for coaches, general managers, player personnel executives, and others at the next level.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll spotlight some of the names who could be of interest to the Bears in their quest to re-shape their roster in 2018.
Player, Position, School, Measurables
Courtland Sutton, wide receiver, SMU, 6-4, 216 pounds
- 2017: 68 catches, 1,085 yards, 12 touchdowns
- 2016: 76 catches, 1,246 yards, 10 touchdowns
- 2015: 49 catches, 862 yards, 9 touchdowns
- 2014: 2 catches, 27 yards, 0 touchdowns
- Career: 195 catches, 3,220 yards, 31 touchdowns
Bowl Game Performance
6 catches, 68 yards vs. Louisiana Tech (Frisco Bowl)
Sutton showed a little bit of everything on Wednesday as the top target for quarterback Ben Hicks. He ran routes across the middle, beat defenders outside, and showed off his athleticism with a diving catch in the first quarter and a two-toe tap on a first down in the final minute of the first half.
“He’s a very skilled wide receiver. He understands spacing, route concepts, timing, he’s able to make contested plays on the ball.”– SMU Head Coach Sonny Dykes, via SMU Daily Campus
Kendall Wright is the only receiver on the Bears roster whose Pro Football Focus grade isn’t poor. That says a lot about enough on the position group around him, doesn’t it?
Sutton’s willingness to run routes across the middle and ability to use his large catch radius to come away with 50-50 balls make him a fun player to watch. His size and speed make him an ideal outside receiver, which is a position the Bears have a clear need for entering 2018.