Chicago Bears establish their identity in this 2022 mock draft

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Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. Wide Receiver. Skyy Moore. 405. Western Michigan. 39. player

After coming into the pre-draft process as a bit of unknown commodity, there aren’t many prospects who have made a name for themselves more than Western Michigan’s Skyy Moore.

He broke out in his junior season with 95 catches, 1292 yards and 10 touchdowns. His tape matches that production. Moore is one of the most pro ready route runners in the class who excels at beating press coverage. Cornerbacks could not touch him.

The reason I have such a soft spot for him, is that this nuanced skill is extremely translatable to the NFL and allows young receivers to hit the ground running. Like mentioned before, the Bears need receivers who can contribute right away, and Moore is that guy.

His separation skills may be his main selling point, but his speed, ball skills and YAC ability should not go unnoticed either. The two biggest questions with his projection was competition level (which he answered to some extent at the combine) and size.

Obviously, 5′ 9″ isn’t the ideal height for a receiver, however, he is not slight at 195 lbs. Getting off of contact is the least of his problems, so his size doesn’t concern me.

If the Bears are looking for a true X receiver they want to live on the outside. That’s not Moore. But, if they are looking for a Z receiver that can win from all alignments and areas of the field, look no further.

It was only a matter of time. Who knows what offers will present themselves on draft day but the Bears should absolutely be looking to trade down. This roster needs a massive influx of young talent and the best way of doing that is playing the draft game.

I am of the philosophy that the draft is like the lottery. The more tickets, the better chance of winning. The more picks, the better chance of hitting. The Bears would be wise  to take a similar approach given all of the holes they have.

Wide Receiver. South Alabama. Pick Analysis. Jalen Tolbert. 65. player. 2117. Scouting Report

Care for a double dip? The Bears are strolling into the draft with Darnell Mooney and a lot of question marks at receiver. Maybe that can change in these remaining days of free agency, but the bottom line is that Justin Fields’s development can’t be left in the wayside. Enter the double dip.

The draft is not a sure thing for immediate impact starters, so throwing multiple darts at a crucial position liken receiver may be the best way to go about it. Especially, in this case where South Alabama’s Jalen Tolbert provides a different element to an offense than a Skyy Moore.

Tolbert is that true X receiver who is going to win on the outside running the vertical route tree. He has a good package of releases, sensational ball skills down the field and some juice after the catch.

There are some things that he needs to clean up with his routes but his natural ability to beat defenders off the line and get behind them is as good as any receiver in the class.