As of this offseason Darnell Mooney is the best option at wide receiver on the Bears roster. There were a few moves made in the signings of Byron Pringle and Equinimious St. Brown, but both are seen as either a WR3/WR4. Of course we do still have the draft coming up at the end of this month (April 28th-30th) so there could still be someone else to take Allen Robinson’s spot besides Mooney. The thing with the draft is you don’t really know what you have right away, sometimes things play out sometimes they don’t. I’m not saying that there’s no chance that one of the wide receivers in the draft can’t come in and fill the WR1 role as a rookie. The feat has been don’t plenty, and recently as well, with guys like Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase, but it’s safer to assume that the guys on the Bears radar in the 2nd round onward might take a little more time to get acclimated to the NFL. This all brings about the question as to whether Darnell Mooney can be the Bears WR1, at the very least for a season. Last year the year two receiver put up very solid numbers with 81 receptions, 1,055 yards, 4 touchdowns, and he showed a strong rapport with quarterback Justin Fields. All these signs seem to show that he has WR1 potential. I think what concerns most people is that Mooney lacks that old prototypical WR1 size standing at 5’11” and 174lbs., but I don’t think that’s as much of a concern in today’s NFL. The modern NFL has seen smaller faster guys like Tyreek Hill, Calvin Ridley, and Hunter Renfrow be very successful receivers, so why can’t Mooney join them. I agree he’s ideally a WR2, but I think he can absolutely be serviceable for the Bears as their number one if that is what’s needed, at least for the time being.

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