At no. 18 overall, the Bears wouldn’t necessarily have to go wide receiver. But, in this mock, it was extremely hard to pass up on Jaxon Smith-Njigba, who was still on the board. Not only do the Bears get Tee Higgins to start on the outside, but now they get maybe the best, or second-best, wide receiver in the draft to line up in the slot.
Smith-Njigba put up monstrous numbers in 2021 before missing much of last season due to injury. But, let’s not forget he put up those ridiculous numbers (95 receptions for over 1,600 yards) while sharing targets with Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson.
The Bears are getting a savvy route runner and someone who knows how to use his body to his advantage when making the catch. Smith-Njigba is as good as it gets when it comes to getting open and putting his quarterback in position to see him.
The Chicago offense will now have Higgins, Smith-Njigba, Darnell Mooney and Chase Claypool at their disposal. Not to mention, Cole Kmet is still there at tight end. Justin Fields begins draft night as the happiest man in the league, no doubt.