Chicago Bears Mock Draft: Ryan Poles makes an unprecedented trade, revamps offense

The Chicago Bears need to revamp the offense and Ryan Poles does just that in this 2024 NFL mock draft. However, he does it in a way that many fans would never expect.

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1.20: Troy Franklin, WR - Oregon

We saw the top three WR prospects taken before the Chicago Bears were on the clock at nine. Marvin Harrison, Jr., Malik Nabers, and Rome Odunze are most analysts' top three options. Harrison and Odunze bring size, while Nabers is similar to DJ Moore. I am starting to think Odunze falls outside the top 10 and I am not completely sold on taking him at nine if he's there.

In this scenario, I'd definitely not take Odunze at nine. I love adding another pass rusher, but still coming away with one of the best wide receivers in this draft class -- a class that is admittedly deep. As of now, I have six WRs with first-round grades and a seventh receiver ranked as a fringe first-rounder but more likely to fall to the second. Troy Franklin is my WR4 though. I have Franklin and Brian Thomas in the same tier.

My biggest concern is his light frame, but we've seen many lighter-framed guys succeed without injury lately. Franklin adds amazing yards-after-catch (YAC) ability. He has great hip movement that allows him to make devastating cuts in his routes. Finally, he has elite deep speed. Putting Franklin in the slot while DJ Moore operates on the outside makes the most sense. This means Poles will need to find at least one more receiver to stand out with Moore and Franklin. Free agency should help, but maybe he double-dips in this mock draft.