Earl Bennett-WR-Vanderbilt-Round 3 2008:
Bennett’s rookie season was spent as a virtual redshirt when he failed to catch a single pass. In 2009 following the arrival of Jay Cutler, he started 15 games and caught 54 passes for 717 yards and two touchdowns. The emergence of Johnny Knox in 2010 moved Bennett to a subordinate role, but this was when Bennett emerged as a heady (if not flashy) playmaker. Despite only starting three games, he virtually matched his 2009 numbers with 46 receptions for 561 yards and three touchdowns. In 2011 Bennett missed much of the season with an injury, but earned himself a nice contract extension. Bennett is by no means a prototypical number one receiver, but he remains a solid receiver the Bears should be able to count on for several years if his contract doesn’t make him expendable.