What You Need to Know:
- Mooney played 32% of the snaps in the 2020 opener. He never dipped below 60% playing time through the rest of his rookie season. He hit 74%+ in 9 straight games from Week 7 through Week 16.
- The 5th-round pick ran a 4.38-second 40 as a draft prospect, 95th percentile among WRs.
- Mooney averaged 16.7 yards per catch over 4 seasons at Tulane, leading his final 2 offenses in each major receiving category
- Mooney tied for just 56th among 131 qualifying WRs in average depth of target (11.82) last season, according to Pro Football Focus. But 24.5% of his targets came in the deep range (20+ yards downfield).
- Among 31 WRs who saw at least 18 deep looks, only Mooney and A.J. Green fell short of 200 receiving yards on such plays. The median for that group of 31 was 301 yards; Mooney managed only 158 yards, because he caught just 4 of 23 targets.
- He certainly has room to improve his own performance in that range. His QBs didn’t help, though. Nick Foles ranked a middling 21st in adjusted completion rate on deep balls, according to PFF, among QBs with 15+ deep attempts. Mitchell Trubisky checked in deadlast.
- Mooney dropped just 2 passes all season and posted a 62.2% catch rate, while ranking 2nd among Bears and 36th among all WRs in targets.
Draft Sharks Bottom Line:
Mooney already passed Anthony Miller in the target pecking order for the Bears and should once again sit behind only Allen Robinson in that category this season. The QB play should improve in Chicago, with an especially high ceiling if Justin Fields beats out Andy Dalton and delivers on the promise of his college career. Mooney is modestly priced in drafts (currently WR49 in ADP
), with upside easily at least into WR3 range. His long speed plus the big-armed rookie QB raises Mooney’s weekly fantasy ceiling and could push his ADOT deeper in his 2nd year.