The Bears Are Meeting With the NFL Draft’s Fastest Wide Receiver Prospect

Tyquan Thornton had himself a showing at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

There were eight receivers who ran sub-4.4 second times in the 40-yard dash, Thornton’s 4.28 time was the fastest.

So, between Thornton’s speed and the Bears’ need to add wide receiver help to their roster, it makes sense that Chicago’s football team is meeting with the speedy Baylor receiver today:

 

Speed is cool. But have you tried utilizing it properly within an offensive scheme? Ideally, Luke Getsy would know what to do with a prospect like this one.

The thing about Thornton is that he doesn’t seem to be one of those popular prospects because he is fast. And that is a good thing. As we’ve learned in recent years with the types of receivers the Bears were bringing in under Ryan Pace, raw speed isn’t enough to make an impact at the NFL level. With that being said, Thornton appears to play to his testing numbers:

 

It is also worth noting that Thornton earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors and second-team all-conference recognition in 2021 while being Baylor’s leading receiver is notable. That combination of testing speed, production, and accolades sure makes him an intriguing prospect in our minds.

Yep, this sure looks like the type of player whose profile would check a bunch of boxes for GM Ryan Poles, his new offensive coordinator, and the rest of the Bears. And after striking out on adding that type of playmaker in free agency, unearthing someone who fits the bill in the draft would be a net win in the grand scheme of things.

ESPN, PFF, and CBS don’t have Thornton cracking their top 20 receiver prospects. In other words, there could be some sneaky, under-the-radar value as a late-round steal. For what it’s worth, projections (like this one from NFL media draft guru Lance Zierlein) are pegging Thornton to be a Day 3 selection. If that turns out to be the case, it could be a coup for the Bears if things vibe during their meeting and the draft board falls in their favor.

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Luis C. Medina, who you can find on Twitter at lcm1986, has been covering the Chicago Bears at Bleacher Nation since 2017. Since then, he has written about 3 head coaches, 5 play-callers, and 11 starting quarterbacks. Previously, Luis wrote about the Cubs and MLB at BN (2015-16) and worked in the Chicago Tribune sports department (2011-16). He also co-hosted a Cubs postgame show, Outside the Ivy, in 2019.

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