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Former Gamecock Alshon Jeffery Signs Rookie Deal With Bears

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Bears second-round draft pick Alshon Jeffery, a wide receiver from South Carolina, has agreed to a four-year contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Bears traded their fifth-round choice to the Rams to move up five spots to select Jeffery with the 45th overall pick. 

The 6-3, 216-pounder, who entered the draft following his junior season, caught 183 passes for 3,042 yards and 23 touchdowns in 40 career games at South Carolina. 

Jeffery had a breakout sophomore season in 2010, catching 88 passes for 1,517 yards and nine touchdowns. His production dipped last year to 49 receptions for 762 yards and eight TDs when South Carolina employed more of a run-oriented offense.

Jeffery's 3,042 yards are a school-record and the second most in SEC history.

General manager Phil Emery said that Jeffery was the highest rated player remaining on the Bears' board when they chose him, and they had him ranked among the top three receivers in the entire draft.

"We saw a big, dynamic athlete, playmaker falling and we decided that we were going to go after him," Emery said. "We wanted to make sure we were close enough that it didn't cost us more than a fifth-round pick.

"We felt good about the compensation, that we still had our third- and fourth-rounder to work in the draft and we went ahead and moved forward with it, and we're very excited to have him."

Emery said that he timed Jeffery at 4.47 and 4.42 in the 40-yard dash at his Pro Day workout and that the wide receiver possesses several excellent traits.

"We feel that Alshon has the best hands in the draft," Emery said. "We feel that he is the best at adjusting to the ball. We feel he is the best sideline and end zone catcher in the draft. He's dynamic with the ball in his hands. He's a big man. He's strong. He's tough. He doesn't go down without a fight."

 

Courtesy: Chicago Bears

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