Chicago Bears 2023 NFL Draft: Bears address the trenches and trade down in full mock

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Chicago Bears Draft Pick No. 148: Jayden Reed, WR

The next five on the board:
Jarren Hall
Daontayvion Wicks
Cory Trice
Braeden Daniels
Eli Ricks

The Chicago Bears need to add a receiver or two. I would take the fan-favorite Jayden Reed in this spot. The Bears could draft a receiver early and start him at some point (JSN) or wait and grab a player who will play on special teams. Players drafted this late have to play special teams if they aren't going to start. The Bears still need a consistent returner. He can compete with Velus Jones Jr and Dante Pettis by adding Reed.

Reed is still an exceptional receiver. He did trail off from his 2021 season in yards despite having a similar number of catches. Reed's priority would be to see something other than the field as a pass catcher anyway. His focus would be to catch and return everything kicked to him. I am going to add this again. Kayshon Boutte is not draftable; if he turns into something special, then good for him. I am also not drafting the often-injured Micahel Wilson. I prefer Wilson, but what special teams ability would he bring to the table since we only saw him do a little?

Reed has had many teams look at him, so I wonder if he will be available for the Chicago Bears. A few other solid prospects that could have been drafted in his place include Chase Brown or Daontayvion Wicks. Whatever adds talent to the Bear's roster is the important part.