The Bears lacked a true burner on offense last year, partly because Taylor Gabriel was injured and Tarik Cohen had a down year. They addressed that by taking Darnell Mooney in the draft. Mooney is the definition of a speed receiver.
Mooney is among the fastest in this year’s draft class, which speaks to his big-play ability. Also, he makes up for his small size with good hands and decent route running. He was a vital piece in the Tulane offense and will look to make some plays for the Bears next season.
His role will most likely be a fourth or fifth receiver, and in some cases a slot specialist. He could end up playing in Gabriel’s role from last year when the Bears opt to line up in their speed formation.
Mooney can learn a lot from a guy like Ted Ginn who has been a burner his whole career. A veteran like Ginn is just what a young, raw receiver such as Mooney needs in order to hone in his skills. Look for Mooney to get some playing time, and expect him to have a couple of breakout games, similar to Gabriel against the Redskins last season. The Bears have been lacking in big-play ability, and Mooney brings that ability to the team.