5 Chicago Bears under the most pressure in 2023

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Darnell Mooney, Chicago Bears
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2. Are the Chicago Bears ready to move on from Darnell Mooney?

Hopefully, Darnell Mooney was not watching day three of the 2023 NFL draft. He knows very well that players can come from day three and make a name for themselves, so it had to sting to know that Tyler Scott was drafted late in the fourth round.

On the surface, it is just a fourth-round pick, but Mooney himself was just a fifth-round guy. What makes this pick notable is how similar Scott is to Mooney. They have a similar playing style, close size, and athletic metrics.

The Chicago Bears have been pushing Scott into the slot, partly because Mooney is injured and not out there. However, the other reason is that Scott may be getting in-line to take a job away from Darnell Mooney. Mooney will be a free agent at the end of this season.

If he is going to get paid a lot, the team may balk and let him walk, but if he struggles, it is a lock that Tyler Scott steals his job. Needless to say, there will be a lot for Mooney to worry about this year as he gets ready to sign a life-changing contract.