Chicago Bears: Day 3 quarterbacks to target in the 2020 NFL Draft

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Shea Patterson

One other quarterback I find intriguing who could be an option for the Bears in the later rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft is Michigan’s Shea Patterson. Patterson started his college career at Ole’ Miss. He looked to be a star in the making before transferring to Michigan.

In his sophomore year at Ole’ Miss, Patterson threw 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He completed 63.8 percent of his passes for 2,259 yards. The numbers weren’t great, but many thought he was on his way to greatness.

Patterson was a 5-star recruit coming out of high school. He was viewed as one of the best recruits of 2016. Could he be better than his stats show? Is it possible he just did not fit well in Jim Harbaugh‘s offense?

In 2018, Patterson did not have a horrible season, but it was not the jump that many were expecting. He threw for 2,600 yards and 22 touchdowns in his first year at Michigan. Patterson threw only seven interceptions and completed over 64 percent of his passes. Patterson also scored two touchdowns on the ground as he ran for nearly 300 yards.

This season, Patterson saw his completion percentage drop, but his yardage increased. He threw for 3,061 yards on 56 more passes attempts. He finished the year with 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He only ran for 50 yards but found a way to score five more touchdowns on the ground. Michigan found themselves winning nine games this season and were third in the Big 10 behind Ohio State and Penn State.

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Patterson did not have the college career he or many others though he would, but he should find himself being drafted in the 2020 NFL Draft. Could the Bears take a chance that Patterson is better than his college system allows him to be? The thing is when you draft a guy late in the draft, you are hoping to find a diamond in the rough.

Another late-round quarterback out of Michigan is currently viewed as one of the best to ever play the game. Maybe Patterson could be the next one to surprise people?