3 Non-First Round Receivers the Bears Could Add in the Draft

Nov 24, 2023; Eugene, Oregon, USA; Oregon Ducks wide receiver Troy Franklin (11) celebrates after
Nov 24, 2023; Eugene, Oregon, USA; Oregon Ducks wide receiver Troy Franklin (11) celebrates after / Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports
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Despite the Bears adding Keenan Allen just over a month ago to pair with DJ Moore in their receiver room, adding another pass catcher should be something the Bears look to do in the draft this upcoming weekend. There are rumblings that the organization could look to do this with the ninth overall selection.

This consists of Rome Odunze, Brock Bowers, or even Malik Nabers if he falls that far. It’s been known that Ryan Poles has his sights set on a playmaker in the first round to bring in with Caleb Williams. 

Along with the thought of one of those three big-name prospects being available for the Bears to take at nine, the thought of moving down isn’t foreign to Poles. With the Bears only holding four picks total in this draft, the decision to snag more capital wouldn't be a horrible idea.

If Chicago moves down from nine and stays away from any pass catchers in the first round, who could they look to in the other two days in the draft to bolster their receiver corps?

1. DeVontez Walker 

Devontez Walker, Kamren Kinchens
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Walker got on the field for the first time in a Tar Heel uniform due to a waiver issue from the NCAA. A former Kent State product, Walker finished his collegiate career in Chapel Hill with solid numbers despite a four-game absence. The Charlotte native hauled in 41 passes for 699 yards while racking up seven touchdowns in his lone season at North Carolina. 

Walker’s got some size on him, standing in at 6’3". He represents a major downfield threat for Williams and the rest of this Bears offense. Walker doesn’t have much of an intermediate game in his route tree, but Allen and Moore can easily make up for that weakness in his game. There’s a decent chance that the Tar Heel will be on the board at 75, so this is a pick the Bears can make without trading back from the ninth slot.