Chicago Bears Mock Draft: Bears run it back with Nick Foles
By Ryan Heckman
The Chicago Bears look to add depth behind David Montgomery
He had been one of the better-kept secrets prior to the New Year, but as the offseason rolls on and draft season picks up steam, Jaret Patterson may continue to rise as a running back prospect.
Three years in Buffalo and three 1,000-yard seasons later, Patterson is looking to build on an impressive college pedigree. In both of his last two seasons, Patterson has rushed for 19 touchdowns. Last year, though, was more of an accomplishment considering he played just six games.
In 2019, Patterson ran for 1,799 yards in 13 games. This year, he rushed for 1,072 yards in less than half the time, giving him a career-high 7.6 yards per carry.
It’s kind of funny looking at him because he reminds one a lot of David Montgomery. His skill set allows him to break through piles of tacklers with ease and his balance, vision and footwork are next level.
He’s truly a do-it-all running back with just a bit less size than Montgomery. Patterson would function very well as the team’s number two back, and can even catch the football when called upon.
Chicago gets a tremendous value here in the fifth round with a smaller program running back, but Patterson would provide a big-time impact behind Montgomery.