Chicago Bears Depth Chart: Way too early prediction of who makes an impact on offense
The Chicago Bears wide receiver group went from bad to very good
Last season, the Chicago Bears WR1 to start the season was Darnell Mooney, but the WR2 was Equanimeous St. Brown. Before the 2022 NFL trade deadline, the Bears sent a second-round pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers for Chase Claypool -- a trade that led to the 32nd-overall pick in the draft. Claypool did not turn out as expected last year, but the hope is that with more time in this offense with Justin Fields, he will make the trade look worth it in 2023.
Ryan Poles was not going to sit back and accept that wide receiver group for 2023 though. Instead, he traded the first-overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft to the Panthers for a plethora of picks and D.J. Moore. The Panthers selected Bryce Young and the Chicago Bears found themselves a true WR1. Anyone who does not view Moore as that type of receiver needs to wake up. He has over 5,200 receiving yards in five years. He has three seasons with over 1,100 yards and is coming off a seven-touchdown year.
WR Depth Chart
- D.J. Moore
- Chase Claypool
- Darnell Mooney
- Equanimeous St. Brown
- Tyler Scott
- Dante Pettis
I think it is possible that Velus Jones is off the 53-man roster and on the practice squad. If Ryan Poles chooses to keep him around, then Dante Pettis might be the odd man out instead. Needless to say, the Chicago Bears wide receiver group went from very bad to arguably one of the best groups in the NFL.