2012 Rookie WRs: Alshon Jeffrey, Chicago Bears
By Jeff Tefertiller
August 1st, 2012

Strengths: The former South Carolina star has good hands and a big frame. He catches the ball well in traffic and does not drop many passes, even if a defender is closing in for the hit.

Weaknesses: Jeffrey needs to learn how to separate against opposing cornerbacks. In the Gamecocks' bowl game versus the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Alfonzo Dennard abused the big receiver. Dennard bottled up Jeffrey and would not allow him to release up field. Jeffrey's lack of speed was apparent in that game. Lastly, any discussion of the big receiver must include his weight. After playing much of the 2011 season carrying over 240 pounds, will he stay in shape?

2012 Outlook: After the trade for Brandon Marshall, there will not be enough targets for Jeffrey to be a fantasy difference-maker this season. Sure, he might catch 30-40 passes, but that is not enough for fantasy owners to roster. Further, there is talk in Chicago of Devin Hester beginning training camp as the team's WR2. Marshall is likely not a solid option in redraft leagues.

Dynasty Outlook: Jeffrey landed on a bad team for his needs. While Floyd has Fitzgerald as a role model, Jeffrey has the oft-troubled Marshall. Who will push Jeffrey to be the receiver he can be? For this reason, the new Chicago receiver has slid down dynasty drafts since the NFL draft. There are plenty of other very good rookie receivers this season.

NFL Comparison: Former Southern California receiver Mike Williams is a good comparison for the South Carolina star in that both receivers have the talent but may lack the desire to do what it takes to be a factor in the NFL.

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