The Chicago Bears were seeking a downfield threat in the NFL draft and got a low-risk investment with big upside in Marquess Wilson.

It is not common for seventh-round draft picks to pan out as big-time players but before a puzzling 2012 season at Washington State, the wide receiver was viewed as a potentially big prospect for the NFL. Wilson quit after nine games this past season and accused coach Mike Leach of abuse, something he later recanted. Wilson’s exit happened after he was suspended for violating team rules.

“I feel like I could have handled it a little better but like I said I am just moving forward,” Wilson said. “I am excited about the opportunity I have at hand.”

Wilson said he met with the Bears in Pullman, Wash., and then was in semi-regular contact with the club leading up to the draft. Coach Marc Trestman said what happened in school was not a red flag for the team when it came to Wilson’s character.

“I would consider it a young guy making a very, very small mistake that put him in a position that got him in trouble,” Trestman said. “I think that like any young guy, I am a parent, we’re parents here. Our kids have made mistakes along the way. He’s a good kid with a big upside. He’s come to the right place. He’s come to a locker room where we have players and coaches that will set him straight right from the beginning and get him going the right direction. It’s an exciting opportunity for us to grow a young man, to allow him to mature off the field as well as on it and the upside as a talent, we’re very excited about it.”

At 6-2, 194 pounds, he has a big frame and was very productive for the Cougars with 189 receptions for 3,207 yards (17 yards per catch) and 23 touchdowns in only 33 college games. But he needs to get stronger and has struggled with drops at times.

Wide receiver wasn’t a high need for the Bears but barring the troubles he had in Pullman, Wash., he is an intriguing prospect and the risk with the 236th overall pick was minimal. At that point in the draft, teams are basically securing players that they don’t want to have to compete for in free agency.