Chicago Bears mock draft: David Bell WR, Purdue
Allen Robinson had a very effective run with the Chicago Bears during his time with them. Well, he had three good seasons and one bad one. Last season was such a bad season for him that he is all but guaranteed to not come back.
Robinson thought he did enough to earn a new contract with Chicago when the 2020 season began. The Bears disagreed, however. They decided to give running back Tarik Cohen a contract extension instead of Robinson. Last offseason, they ended up slapping the franchise tag on him.
Then he went out and had a horrible season. Some feel he could come back after a bad season, but that seems doubtful.
Going into 2022, the Bears only have one wide receiver under contract. That player is second-year player Darnell Mooney. That means they have a desperate need at wide receiver.
This position is one in which Poles could go both through the draft and free agency. Once he gets Fields the protection he needs, the next thing to do is give him weapons.
By drafting David Bell, the Bears could find a great replacement for Robinson. Many compare Bell’s abilities to Robinson’s. Bell even says he patterns his game after Robinson.
In Purdue, Bell played on a pass-happy offense. In 2021, the Boilermakers averaged 44.3 passes per game. That certainly helped in his development. In his three seasons in Purdue, he made 232 receptions for 2,946 yards. His junior season was cut down to just six in 2020 because of COVID. He averaged 12.7 yards per catch and had 21 career TD passes.
Bell is 6-foot-2, 208 pounds. He isn’t a speed burner, but that isn’t his game. He is the kind of receiver who moves the sticks, like Robinson. He has a great leaping ability and that will help him outjump defenders and make great catches. Additionally, he is a great blocker so he’ll make whatever plays he needs to keep the drive going. That is something new offensive coordinator Luke Getsy loves. When he coached the Green Bay Packers, he made sure the receivers blocked.
Having Bell would give the Bears a younger version of A-Rob and would certainly improve the wide receivers unit.