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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Bears, MarShawn Lloyd
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3.97 | MarShawn Lloyd, RB - USC

If we look at the Bears' running attack over the last two years, Justin Fields has helped inflate those stats. If the Chicago Bears move on from Fields and look to Caleb Williams to be their future at the quarterback position, then they need to add some help at running back.

Audric Estime is the running back I keep targeting in the third and fourth rounds, but this time I went with a running back who can hit a home run at any minute. MarShawn Lloyd didn't show an elite 40-time speed with a 4.46, but he is quick and once he hits open space he can take it to the house. He can move laterally and has a way of bursting through tight spaces with strong acceleration. He is a capable receiver who can catch the ball out of the backfield.

One area of concern for Lloyd is his height. He is only 5'9", but he weighs in at 220 pounds, meaning he should be able to sustain hits fairly well. He also has shown some issues with ball security. If the Bears were to follow this mock draft and select Lloyd, they would need to correct his pass-blocking techniques.

Over the last two seasons, Lloyd has scored 18 touchdowns. He averaged over seven yards per carry last year and just over five yards per carry the year before. He also only has 225 carries over the last two seasons, meaning he hasn't seen the same wear and tear that some of these other backs have seen in their college career.

Strengths

  • Lateral movement/cutback ability
  • Balance
  • Receiving ability/hands
  • Home run hitter
  • Acceleration at all levels

Weaknesses

  • Ball security
  • Height
  • Happy feet at times can lead to poor decision making