Chicago Bears Mock Draft: Ryan Poles trades down twice early, doubles up at WR

The Chicago Bears do not have many draft picks to use in the 2024 NFL Draft, but they do have two picks inside the top 10. Ryan Poles is building something he views as special and to do that, he will need to continue to build through the draft. Poles trades down twice to acquire more draft capital but still comes away with a nice haul of talent.

Chicago Bears, Keon Coleman
Chicago Bears, Keon Coleman / James Gilbert/GettyImages
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Bears, Tahj Washington
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5.148 | Tahj Washington, WR - USC

The Chicago Bears add a third wide receiver and a third Trojan to the roster. Having two teammates likely helps Caleb Williams transition to the NFL more easily. Not to mention, Washington was one of Williams' go-to targets at USC this past season.

I wouldn't expect Washington to see much playing time with the likes of DJ Moore, Troy Franklin, and Keon Coleman on the roster. Don't forget that Tyler Scott showed some promise in 2023 for Chicago too. What I think might help Washington see the field more is his ability to come back to the football on off-scripted plays. This led to some big plays between Williams and Washington.

Tahj Washington finished the season with 1,062 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. He is not tall at only 5'10" and is really only suited to play in the slot. Like Troy Franklin, he's a little on the lighter side for his frame, but that has been a bit of a trend lately in the NFL. He also lacks the speed needed to separate on deep balls.

Strengths

  • Route-running
  • Off-script plays
  • Hands
  • Willing blocker
  • YAC ability
  • Catches across the middle while in traffic
  • High motor

Weaknesses

  • Concentration drops
  • Press coverage
  • Weak catch radius

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