April not only brings showers but also invitations to join mock drafts. Lots of mock drafts.
I participated in one Tuesday for the Sporting News which will be published soon. I won’t spill the beans on the whole thing—they probably wouldn’t look kindly on that—but I will reveal what I did for the Bears with the 14th pick of the first round.
Can you wrap your mind around Pittsburgh offensive tackle Jeff Otah?
That’s who I grabbed for the Bears.
Off the board when the call came to me were fellow tackles (in order) Jake Long, Chris Williams and Ryan Clady.
Gone were running backs Darren McFadden and popular local choice Rashard Mendenhall.
Gone was quarterback Matt Ryan.
Long gone were defensive tackles Glenn Dorsey and Sedrick Ellis.
So it was either grab Otah, take Virginia guard Branden Albert, reach maybe for Boston College tackle Gosder Cherilus or do something off the wall and take Michigan State wide receiver Devin Thomas.
I selected Otah. What would you have done? Keep in mind, trading down wasn’t an option.
I’ll tell you this, too, I did a draft last week for Patriots Football Weekly. I encountered the same scenario. Long, Williams, Clady, McFadden, Mendenhall, Ryan, Dorsey and Ellis were all off the board. I took Otah there too. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you how the rest of the draft fell because I don’t subscribe online. What am I going to do for my Pats news?
Makes you wonder what the chances are Jerry Angelo encounters this situation on April 26. Surely, the Bears have a plan in place. Who knows? Maybe they’re thinking a name not mentioned.