NFL Mock Draft 2012: Arizona WR Juron Criner Could Go To Chicago Bears in First Round

The Arizona Wildcats are just beginning their offseason, but some of their players are preparing for the 2012 NFL Draft. Wide receiver Juron Criner is one of the Wildcats players drawing interest from evaluators.

The 2012 NFL Draft will soon be upon us. NCAA and NFL experts and pundits are beginning to release projectios about where the various players in the draft will end up. One of the players who is expected to be drafted in the first round is Arizona Wildcats wide receiver Juron Criner.

Drew Forsyth, the Bears analyst for the mock draft website Drafttek, has Criner pegged as the No. 19 overall draft pick, being selected by the Chicago Bears in the first round. Here's what Forsyth has to say:

After all was said and done the Mike Martz passing attack came in 26th in the league for passing yards according to ESPN.com. In today's NFL that simply will not get the job done when you have two prolific offenses in your own division. Chicago's ineffectiveness in the passing game can be attributed to a) poor offensive line play, and b) A big #1 WR target for Cutler. Juron Criner has that size. At 6'4 and with room to add muscle to his frame he can go up and get the ball at its highest point, he runs crisp routes, and would provide Jay Cutler with a different type of weapon in the passing game. The Bears may also be looking at a defensive end at this spot, so do not rule out a Melvin Ingram from South Carolina or Andre Branch from Clemson.

Criner was one of the standout players for the Wildcats in a disappointing and uneven 2011 season. The Bears have a distinct need for a wide receiver, a position which is usually well-represented in the first round of the draft.

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