Kevin C. Cox
It's Mock Draft time in the NFL! That time of year when everyone and their grandma speculates on which player will go where. A time when we're sure to hear terms like "need position", "best player available" (or BPA for the true Draftnik), and "reach" thrown around. In the coming weeks here at Windy City Gridiron we'll look at a mock, present it to you, and ask you to mock it.
Usually you need to be a paid "Insider" subscriber to have access to the mock drafts of the ESPN experts, but thanks to ESPN NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert, we get a peek behind the pay wall.
While we don't know everyone that is available in the Todd McCshay mock draft, Seifert does chime in with his 2 cents on the pick.
20. Chicago Bears
McShay pick: Tennessee receiver Cordarrelle Patterson
Seifert comment: The Bears want a speedy receiver but it would be difficult to call it a primary need. McShay considers Patterson one of the draft's top playmakers, however, and chose him over Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker, among others. We'll see.
This is the second mock we've looked at that had the Bears going wide out in the 1st round, and just like last time I think I'd be OK with the pick. Patterson is ranked as the top wide receiver by just about everyone doing a big board, so this would probably be a best player available pick for Phil Emery.
He's 6'2", 216 pounds, runs a 4.42 40, and has a vertical leap of 37 inches. Scouts love his potential, his athleticism, and his versatility. At Tennessee he not only played WR, but he returned kicks and punts, and lined up at running back.
Without knowing what other players are still available makes it a little harder to mock this draft, but there's no question Patterson is a highly touted prospect.
Would you be OK if the actual NFL Draft fell this way?