5 losers from Chicago Bears 2020 NFL Draft weekend

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 17: Javon. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)
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2. Javon Wims and Riley Ridley

When Taylor Gabriel was injured to end the season, the Bears got to take a look at their depth wide receivers, Javon Wims and Riley Ridley. Neither made a huge step, and it left the team in the market to add more depth to the receiver room.

They did not add a big name, and they waited until round five, but they did trade up to ensure they got Darnell Mooney. The Eagles got Quez Watkins, a similar receiver with the Bears initial pick, so in trading up, they identified Mooney as a player they wanted much more than the next best option on the board.

Before the draft, we noted that Mooney has a lot of similarities to Taylor Gabriel. Is a rookie going to come in and on the role of an established veteran like Gabriel? Not necessarily. However, if you are looking for a piece of the offense that you can plug into the Gabriel role without changing the flow of the offense, Mooney is the better bet than Wims or Ridley.

Mooney went a full round after Ridley in the draft, but Ridley did not establish himself over a seventh-round pick in Wims as a rookie. Ridley offers a different skillset than Mooney, and a step forward from him could take the offense to a place it has not been. However, we know exactly how Mooney fits in this offense.

Mooney will have to win the job, but there is a very real chance that he sees more targets as a rookie than Wims or Ridley do in 2020.