NFL Scout Explains Why Ihmir Smith-Marsette Was A Strong

The Chicago Bears claimed an unprecedented seven players off waivers between August 31st and September 1st this

The seventh and final claim might be the most interesting of the bunch

It’s no secret the Bears have depth concerns at wide receiver

Surprisingly, their choice ended up being Ihmir Smith-Marsette

Smith-Marsette was a 5th round pick for the Minnesota Vikings last year

Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune got in touch with an NFL scout about it

“I touched base with a scout about Smith-Marsette, who said he has good burst and can sink

The scout said Smith-Marsette’s hands were only OK and that concentration and detail were bigger questions

Smith-Marsette has all the abilities necessary to succeed in the NFL

At Iowa, they used him all over the formation as a receiver, runner, slot, outside, in the

One thing about Iowa is that it isn’t exactly the premier program for developing wide receivers

Their offensive philosophies are considered horribly archaic in many ways

Not only that, but he was also the highest of those four picks

He might have gotten more respect if he had come from another program like Alabama or LSU

Then again, the Vikings are running a system similar to the Bears

Whatever the actual reason, the team felt Ihmir Smith-Marsette was worth the risk