Chicago Bears: A top-ranked quarterback falls in three-round mock draft

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Chicago Bears, Cornell Powell
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4. player. WR. Clemson. Cornell Powell. 879. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis

The Chicago Bears find wide receiver help despite moving into the fourth round

The Chicago Bears no longer have a third-round pick, but still land a solid wide receiver target in the fourth round. This team has been rumored to be trying to trade Anthony Miller. Riley Ridley has yet to make an impact and Javon Wims dropped a ball in the NFC Wild Card loss to the Saints that may have cost him his job.

To help soften the blow and bring more talent to the roster, the Chicago Bears select Cornell Powell in the fourth round. Powell is the third prospect the Bears take from a big program in this draft. Unlike the first two picks, Powell is more of a developmental player.

Prior to 2020, Powell did not see much production, or time on the field in Clemson. In fact, Powell never caught more than 15 passes in a season until he exploded on the scene last year. In 2020, Powell caught 53 balls for 882 yards and seven touchdowns. The problem here is why did it take so long for Powell to reach this level of production?

At 6’0″ and 210 pounds, Powell has decent size to play in the NFL. He’s not the biggest, nor the fastest, but he has enough traits to land on a team as a third or foruth option. Who knows, maybe over time he can develop into a WR2 on a team. He had an impressive Pro Day as he ran a 4.47 40-yard dash and registered a 36.5 vertical.

What I really like is how Powell uses his hands and route running to create separation. This is something that many of the Bears wide receivers tend to struggle with at times — even Allen Robinson. He is also able to play on the outside or in the slot, which allows him the versatility to help the Bears as much as possible his rookie year.

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If the Chicago Bears can walk away from this draft with a quarterback of the future, a day-one starter at either left tackle or right tackle and a wide receiver to take over the receiver role filled by Anthony Miller, this would be a great draft. Looking at the next three rounds would not even matter and that’s why the focus here is only on the Bears first three picks. With the fifth and multiple sixth-round picks, I would expect the Bears to target the best players available and depth.