Another day, another opportunity to mock someone else’s mock draft.
Today it’s Pat Kirwan of NFL.com. Actually, Koran’s two-round mock draft is great reading because he factors in some intriguing trades by teams that are desperate for a quarterback but don’t want to gamble a super-high pick on one. After some projected late-first-round wheeling and dealing, Kirwan has five quarterbacks coming off the board in the first round, with Jake Locker, Ryan Mallet and Christian Ponder joining Cam Newton and Blaine Gabber.
I suppose that could happen because there really are several teams with horrible QB situations.
But Kirwan has the Bears taking Maryland WR Torres Smith at No. 29, and I don’t think there’s any chance that will happen. For openers, Smith is not generally considered a first-round talent, although at 6-foot-1 and 204 pounds, he would be the Bears’ biggest wide receiver. His 4.42 40-time is excellent for someone that size, actually for any size, and he makes plays downfield. Smith’s skill set is exactly what the Bears should be looking for in a wide receiver, and he is considered a high-character guy.
But the Bears won’t reach for a player at a position that is not considered a great need, especially when they have much more pressing needs on both lines. Its possible Smith could still be around when the Bears’ Round 2 picks rolls around at No. 62 overall, and he would be an excellent value then.