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
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2.49 | Keon Coleman, WR - USC

Ryan Poles doubles down at the wide receiver position in this mock draft since he couldn't land one of the top three prospects. Adding Keon Coleman to the mix with DJ Moore and Troy Franklin would be a fantastic grouping. Coleman is a big-bodied receiver who can go up and get the ball. He isn't as good as Rome Odunze in that sense, but he's arguably the second-best receiver in that area.

Coleman stands at 6'3" but has the size and strength to match at 215 pounds. He has no problem with contested catches and does a nice job using his body and hands when tracking the ball. He ran a very slow 40-yard dash, but his play speed does not match the slow 40 time. Coleman lacks the ability to break away on long runs, but that won't be a problem because he will go up and get those 50/50 balls.

Now, the wide receiver group has a true WR1 in DJ Moore, a slot receiver who can also play on the outside in Troy Franklin, and a big body who can fight for those contested balls. That seems like a perfect compliment and one that reminds me of what we saw in Seattle -- where Shane Waldron was the offensive coordinator.

Strengths

  • Size
  • Strength
  • Contested catches
  • Hands
  • Ability to high-point the ball
  • Press coverage

Weaknesses

  • High-end speed
  • Limited route tree
  • Consistency