Chicago Bears Mock Draft: Expect The Unexpected

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Fourth Round: Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor

Instead of investing a top-ten pick on a player you won’t expect to play for a season or two, I think it would be wiser to take a flyer on a fourth-round pick.

A few months ago, Petty was considered the fifth-best quarterback in this draft. After the combine and now his Pro Day, he’s worked his way to the third-best quarterback in some people’s eyes.

Petty has the prototypical quarterback’s body. He is 6-foot-3 and weighs 230 pounds. He has a cannon for an arm, but he’s worked on getting a soft touch as well.

At Baylor Petty was a leader. He could rally the players with his play and his toughness and was also a leader in the locker room. That is something sorely missed in Chicago. Whether you love or hate Jay Cutler, the fact is that he hasn’t led the troops the way you expect a quarterback to lead.

While Petty isn’t a Colin Kaepernick in terms of his mobility, he’s shown improvement throwing from outside of the pocket. If he can effectively move and extend a play, he can hit receivers for big plays.

Petty could be the leader that the Bears offense sorely needs. The players could rally around him and have the confidence that he will make the plays. Even the most ardent defenders of Cutler acknowledge that he will only be in Chicago for just the next season or two. Petty should be polished by then.

Next: Fifth Round: Durrell Eskridge