The landscape of the 2012 NFL draft could change dramatically based on measurements and drills from the NFL combine in Indianapolis, but sometimes it is important to remember where players rank prior to all of the combine festivities. Jason Garrison of SB Nation put together a pre-combine 2012 NFL Mock Draft, and the Chicago Bears are projected to select Baylor Bears wide receiver Kendall Wright with the No. 19 overall pick.
The most interesting aspects of the mock draft is how the receiver position shakes out in the first round. Oklahoma State Cowboys wide receiver Justin Blackmon goes to the St. Louis Rams at No. 4 (after a trade with the Cleveland Browns), Notre Dame Fighting Irish WR Michael Floyd jumps off the board at No. 6 to the Washington Redskins, the Chicago Bears then choose Kendall Wright over Rutgers Scarlet Knights WR Mohamed Sanu (No. 26) and LSU Tigers WR Rueben Randle (No. 30).
Here is what Garrison had to say about the Bears' pick:
19. Chicago Bears, Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
Hey, speaking of Wright...he doesn't have Blackmon or Floyd's size, but he has elite speed and the Bears badly need help at wide receiver. Wright had a big season in 2011, with 1,663 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. He may not have the ability to consistently make the tough catch over the middle, but with Jay Cutler's arm, Wright will be a huge deep threat and should open things up for other receivers.
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