Chicago Bears land two future picks in 2023 mock draft trade with Panthers

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Chicago Bears, Jayden Reed
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The Chicago Bears double-dip at receiver in the late round

5th Round | 160th Overall | Jayden Reed, WR – Michigan State

When it comes to these late picks, they are all basically dart throws. We all know that the Chicago Bears need to find weapons for Justin Fields and that’s the attempt here with Jayden Reed. Reed would be a different type of receiver than they currently have. He is not the fastest and doesn’t show the athleticism that we have seen Ryan Poles covet in his first year as a general manager. That said, he could be the different type of receiver the Bears need.

Some sites have Reed at 6’0″ and others have him at 5’11”. Either way, he doesn’t have elite speed but what he does have is the ability to make catches over the middle while in traffic. Right now, Darnell Mooney is probably the best option for that on the roster.

Jayden Reed looked faster at the Senior Bowl, but he is going in the fifth and sixth rounds of mock drafts for a reason. He uses his body too often when making catches and he has a difficult time separating when pressed in coverage. He had a better season in 2021 with 10 touchdowns and over 1,000 yards receiving. Despite having nearly the same amount of catches last season as he did in 2021, Reed only had five touchdowns and 636 yards receiving.

At this point, you are looking for special teams help and Reed brings that with experience as both a kick returner and punt returner. His ability to run through contact will help him with yards after the catch and in the return game.