With the 126th pick, the Bears beef up the receiver corps and nab Georgia product Riley Ridley, the younger brother of former Falcon’s first rounder. Widely considered the most polished route runner in this years draft, Ridley could easily see first-team reps in his rookie campaign. He brings good size, standing at six foot one and weighing in at 200 pounds, which allows him to dominate toss-ups. After leading the SEC in contended catch rate, Ridley’s great hands and route running demand targets.
In most regards, Ridley would be a total steal at this point in the draft. However, with the jarring lack of depth in the secondary and very little behind Leonard Floyd in the pass rushing department, it feels difficult to justify another receiver to add to an already-set lineup group. Ridley will fight and probably win over some reps, and therefore can’t be considered much of a mistake, but the defense needs a little love going forward after adding a running back in the previous round.