3 Playmakers the Bears Should Draft for Caleb Williams

All signs point to the Chicago Bears drafting USC QB Caleb Williams at this month's draft. If that's the case, the Bears must also target these three playmakers to pair alongside him.
Washington WR Rome Odunze is one of three playmakers that the Bears must draft for Caleb Williams.
Washington WR Rome Odunze is one of three playmakers that the Bears must draft for Caleb Williams. / Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports
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2. WR Adonai Mitchell, Texas

Trades are a big part of the draft experience. Having said that, I wouldn't be surprised if the Bears traded back from the No. 9 to increase their draft capital. If that happens and they hold a late first-round selection, Adonai Mitchell should be on their radar.

One of the most promising WRs in this year's class, Mitchell is coming off a terrific season at Texas. After two pedestrian years at Georgia, the Longhorns difference-maker hauled in 55 balls for 845 yards and even led all Big 12 players with 11 receiving touchdowns. He was celebrated for his efforts with a second-team All-Big 12 nod as well as the conference's Offensive Newcomer of the Year award.

Mitchell's game could use some polishing. His route-running isn't always consistent and he does have a knack for not using his frame (6-foot-2, 205 pounds) as efficiently as he should against smaller players. At the same time, those are easily coachable issues that Matt Eberflus' staff can work on.

If the Bears want to roll with Allen in the slot, Mitchell has all the makings of a lethal outside threat. With elite speed and the ability to adjust to most catches thrown his way, I can imagine the Texas playmaker terrorizing the league with Williams for years to come.

3. WR Malachi Corley, Western Kentucky

Considering how the Bears already have Allen and Moore, they may wait until a later round to add another playmaker. If that's the case, I wouldn't be opposed to them targeting Western Kentucky WR Malachi Corley.

After being relatively quiet throughout the 2020 and 2021 seasons, Corley has taken his game to the next level over the last two years. Since the beginning of the 2022 campaign, the Hilltoppers playmaker has turned 180 receptions into 2,279 yards and 15 touchdowns. With his collegiate career over, Corley ranks 14th in receptions, 21st in receiving yards, and 15th in receiving TDs in the C-USA since 1996.

The Bears can also roll with Allen and Moore on the outside while putting Corley in the slot. The Western Kentucky product has reliable hands and has often been compared to running backs by scouts due to his ability to squeeze out yards after the catch. He also has the potential to be a solid inside blocker, making him the perfect piece to add to Chicago's run-heavy attack.

Many draft experts view Corley as an unfinished product, meaning he could benefit by playing a year or two behind Allen and Moore on the depth chart. Assuming that he can foster chemistry with Williams, the sky could be the limit for Corley in the Windy City.

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