With the 173rd pick in the 2020 NFL Draft the Chicago Bears go with offense by picking Tulane wide receiver Darnell Mooney.
After going with two cornerbacks and an edge rusher in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears go back to offense. They selected Tulane wide receiver Darnell Mooney with the 173rd pick.
The Bears needed another wide receiver to add some depth. After Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller, they have questions in Riley Ridley and Javon Wims. Well, they picked up another receiver with questions.
At 5-foot-10 and weighing 176 pounds, Mooney is undersized. There was another undersized receiver in the draft who was undersized but more accomplished. His name was K.J. Hamler.
Mooney is an explosive receiver with speed. He ran a 4.38 40 so he can be an exciting player. He can catch a short pass and turn it into a big gain. With his speed, opposing cornerbacks won’t press him too much. Once he gets past them those corners have trouble catching up.
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Mooney does a good job of tracking the ball in the air. Additionally, he does a good job of making contested catches. The majority of his touchdown catches were contested catches.
The problem with Mooney is his drops. He’ll make a drop on a key short pass as easily as he could take a slant 80 yards. He also needs to run crisper routes. Also, with his small frame, there is a concern about his health. He cannot take a lot of big hits. He has the same body type as DeSean Jackson so if he could clean up some of his game and does some of the same things as Jackson the Bears will be happy.
Another concern with Mooney is his production. In 2019, he only had 48 catches for 713 yards and five touchdowns. A player with his abilities should have better production.
Grade: C. There were better options at wide receiver. If he cleans up his game, he could be a steal, however.