2. Darnell Mooney, WR
A fifth-round pick out of Tulane in 2020, Darnell Mooney looked to be a steal in his first two seasons. After hauling in 61 passes for 631 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie, he had 81 for 1,055 yards and four touchdowns in 2021. He and Justin Fields were on the same page and while he wasn’t considered a legit No. 1 wideout, he was doing all he could to make the offense relevant.
Mooney saw a major decline in his numbers in 2022, however, with 493 yards and a couple of scores on 40 catches. The Bears hoped the addition of D.J. Moore would lead to a more effective campaign from Mooney, since he would be the No. 2 guy across from a legitimate star. So far, that hasn’t been the case.
With just one game to play, Mooney has 31 catches for 414 yards with one touchdown. He did nearly grab a second when a Hail Mary fell into his arms against the Browns — which would have won the game. That bounced off of him though and wound up being intercepted.
Set for free agency in 2024, Mooney will likely be looking for a new home. Chicago has some high draft picks and should look to re-tool the receiving corps around Moore.