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2020 NFL Draft Profile: Darnell Mooney

Looking for some speed late in the draft? Well, here it is. Darnell Mooney has the ability to turn even the shortest catch into a long touchdown.

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Positive:

Looking for some speed late in the draft? Well, here it is. Darnell Mooney has the ability to turn even the shortest catch into a long touchdown. The quickness he possesses helps him separate from his breaks and beat out press coverage. He is able to line up as an outside receiver or even on the inside as a slot. His leaping is an ability that should not go unnoticed. As evidenced below, he can go up and make the catch at its highest point.

Negative:

Due to being a smaller-bodied wide receiver, Mooney struggles against more physical defenders. Additionally, durability will be a concern for teams looking at him given his smaller frame. His biggest setback is having no special teams experience in college. In a later round draft pick, teams will be looking for players with some experience on special teams or the willingness to work their way onto the field in any way.

Draft Projections:

4th Round

Outlook For Bears:

Mooney would be the perfect replacement for Taylor Gabriel in the Bears’ offense. He would bring an element of speed that this team has not had yet. The setback in selecting Mooney would be either hoping he falls to the fifth round or making a move up to the fourth round for him. Don’t worry that everyone knows Ryan Pace is not afraid to do something like that. The Bears have a chance to coach him up in a low spot as well in a special teams role. They wouldn’t rush him out right away.


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