Similar to finding an offensive lineman out of Alabama, getting one from Notre Dame is typically a good move. The Bears currently have two Irish linemen on the team in Alex Bars and Sam Mustipher, although neither have truly cemented themselves as a starting candidate for the long haul.
Jarrett Patterson is another beefy interior lineman from the Irish. Patterson stands 6-foot-5 and projects best as a center in the NFL, although he could play guard as well.
One of his best strengths is his ability to handle heavy rushes head on from the nose tackle. He holds his ground fairly well against bull rushes and doesn’t get moved back too easily. Patterson especially excels in the ground game, specifically when teams run between the tackles.
Patterson is not the most athletic in terms of being able to get out and pull if need be, therefore a between-the-tackles style is what best suits him. His length is something teams should be concerned about, as he doesn’t have the longest reach.
But, as a sixth-round pick, Patterson would be well-worth the pick. He would find himself on the roster, at the very least, competing for a spot up front.