Darnell Mooney Aims To Be 'All-Around Receiver'

Mooney has prioritized route running in improving his game.

670 The Score Staff
May 29, 2020 - 11:25 am
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(670 The Score) In search of adding speed to their offense, the Bears selected Tulane receiver Darnell Mooney in the fifth round of the NFL Draft in April.

Mooney was clocked with a 4.38 time in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, but he's quick to point out that it's only part of his game. He hopes to bring precision with his routes and let the speed take over from there.

"I never thought of myself as a fast guy," Mooney said on Bears All Access, which aired on 670 The Score on Thursday evening. "I always thought of myself as a guy who's good at getting off the release and then running my routes."

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As a sophomore at Tulane, Mooney began working hard on fine-tuning his receiving routes, which he felt were too round. It was an early example of how he's eager to prove there's much more than speed to his game.

The Bears haven't conducted on-field work this offseason amid the coronavirus pandemic, but Mooney is focused on continuing his development, including in his route running.

"A guy who's going to more than give you speed," Mooney said in sharing a scouting report on himself. "He's going to give you something explosive with the ball. Everything that you could ask for that you haven't seen, you're definitely going to get that out of me. 

"The all-around receiver, as you would dream of. Everybody having that all-around package. I feel like I have that."