LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- From a pure production standpoint, the Chicago Bears got a steal in the seventh round when they drafted former Washington State wide receiver Marquess Wilson -- the school’s all-time leader in receiving yards (3,207), despite appearing in just 33 games.
However, the rookie receiver comes with considerable baggage after he quit the team with three weeks to go in the season due to a falling out with Cougars head coach Mike Leach, an episode that no doubt contributed to Wilson falling so far in the draft.
But Bears head coach Marc Trestman said Saturday that Wilson arrived in Chicago this week with a clean slate.
“He’s been great,” Trestman said. “He started at zero here with everything. We’ve talk it through. We know all the issues, which are very minimal. He’s a young guy and he’s moved forward.
“I thought he was better on Saturday than he was on Friday. He was a little leg weary from the travel, and I thought he stepped up today and was a little more involved. He had his feet underneath him. He had his balance, so you could see his foot movement and his skill level.”
One area Wilson will need to work on is his body. Although he stands 6-foot-4, Wilson is listed at just 184 pounds. For comparison’s sake, ex-Bears wideout Johnny Knox played at 185 pounds, and he was four inches shorter than Wilson.
“He’s 20 years old, so he has a lot of growing to do,” Trestman said. “Being around here and getting involved in our weight program over the next few months is certainly going to help him as well. He’s going to get stronger. He’ll get bigger and add more girth to him as he moves forward, I’m sure. And he’ll be around a place where he’ll be able to eat right.”