The Chicago Bears offense snags another late-round gem
This is about as exciting of a sixth-round pick as you can possibly find, and picturing Jaelon Darden in the Bears’ offense with other electric playmakers like Darnell Mooney and Tarik Cohen is a fun thought.
We know Pace is typically good for at least one small school prospect, and Darden is no exception to that rule. He would end up being a slam dunk pick, especially if the Bears land their franchise quarterback in this draft.
While 2020 was a shortened season that saw many players dip in overall production based on fewer games played, Darden’s production actually rose, as he finished with a career-best 1,190 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns through the air.
One of my favorite quotes when looking at some of his draft outlooks comes from The Draft Network’s Jordan Reid, who says of Darden:
"”…despite everyone in the stadium knowing where the ball was going, he still managed to produce.”"
That’s the type of player NFL teams want — a guy who will produce no matter what, even if the defense knows it’s coming his way.
Darden is one of those players who, when he gets the ball in his hands, can get into his top gear in a hurry. Before the defense can blink, he’s already made a couple of moves and is off to the races.
Adding Darden to the slot, where he’ll likely replace Miller, will be an enormous win for Nagy. Talk about saving Nagy’s job in Chicago for a while — this is another one of those picks.