Chicago Bears Mock Draft: Multiple trades lead to a retooled offense
By Joseph Herff
Chicago Bears: Round 5, Pick No. 164
After selecting the sure-fire starting slot wide receiver and the Anthony Miller replacement in Elijah Moore, I went after the project-wide receiver that could replace Javon Wims as the blocking wide receiver and big-bodied jump ball wide receiver. Josh Imatorbhebhe is starting to climb up draft boards quickly despite virtually having no production in college.
When I say virtually no production, I mean it. He started at USC before transferring to Illinois and racked up 57 receptions for 942 yards and 12 touchdowns over 19 games in three seasons. He did impress in 2019 though as he racked up nine touchdowns on just 33 receptions. Imatorbhebhe just didn’t get much action as a senior.
So, why is he even being discussed? Well, Imatorbhebhe broke the combine record for vertical jumping 46.5″, ran a 4.48 40 yard dash, and put up 24 reps of 225 lb bench press. He did this all while standing at 6′ 2″ and weighing 215 pounds. He displayed great ball skills and explosiveness on the field as well, he just never got the opportunity to showcase it. He’s the type of player worth the fifth-round flier draft pick like Darnell Mooney was.
As stated in the first paragraph, Imatorbhebhe would essentially replace Wims. Wims shouldn’t come back and should be a cap casualty due to just being bad at football and for his anger issues with Chauncey Gardner-Johnson. He dropped a crucial pass in the playoffs against the New Orleans Saints that would have been a touchdown. Imatorbhebhe can learn behind one of the best X-wide receivers in the NFL in Allen Robinson and potentially take his spot as well.