The Chicago Bears traded up to get Tulane receiver Darnell Mooney back in April. Typically 5th round picks don’t generate a lot of hype, but there were reasons to think this might be different. For one, GM Ryan Pace has a history of hitting on mid round picks when he trades up for them. See Eddie Jackson and Nick Kwiatkoski for examples. So it’s apparent they had Mooney pretty high on their board.
Comments from the coaching staff after he was drafted seem to back that up. Wide receivers coach Mike Furrey called him one of the more well-rounded guys in the draft. While best known for his blazing speed, he didn’t get enough attention for his route running and ability to make tough catches. The kid is also pretty intelligent. He came up with a novel way to practice the playbook by calling out plays as if he were in the huddle and then running them accordingly on the field.
It seems Mooney has fans elsewhere too. The makers of the Madden football games have released their first batch of ratings for the 2020 season. The Bears rookie got some surprisingly high marks. He was tied for the third-fastest speed in the class at a 93 while tying for fourth in acceleration at 92. For a 5th round pick, those are respectable marks.
The Bears have high expectations for him and his Madden ratings showcase that potential.
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