The Bears had perhaps the worst crop of wide receivers in the entire league this past season, and the only players guaranteed to return to the Windy City next year at that position are Devin Hester and Earl Bennett. Down at the Senior Bowl in Mobile this week, team officials spent a good amount of time Monday evaluating two wideouts in particular. Patrick Turner, yet another prototype out of USC, was one of them.
In an effort to learn more about Turner and what kind of future might be in front of him as a professional, Bear Report obtained a full scouting report on him from Scout.com USC expert Kevin Carden.
Strengths: Turner has always been a good team player who has never been a problem in the locker room. He really came into his own in 2008 and became one of the top receivers in the Pac-10. He runs fluid routes and comes from USC's pro-style offense, so he should be one of the more polished receivers in the draft. He has great size (6-5, 220) and slightly above-average hands. Coming from the Trojans, he has played in several big games and contributed since his freshman season, so he has plenty of game experience.
Weaknesses: Turner is a bit inconsistent and didn't develop into a go-to receiver until his senior season. While he is a good teammate, he has never been comfortable as a vocal leader. He still needs to get more physical and use his big frame to shield smaller defensive backs. He has a tendency to catch the ball with his body and not his hands and needs to work on his aggressiveness.
Carden Says: Turner has all the tools to develop into a quality NFL wide receiver in the right system. I don't see him being a No.1, but could be a productive No.2 or No.3 down the road. He looks to be a mid-round pick at this point and should have a solid career.
JC's Take: The Bears selected Bennett in the third round last April yet did not give him much of a chance to make an impact, so they might be looking later on Day 2 to bring in another wideout this year. Assuming the team is a player in free agency and enlists some help from a veteran that can start right away, that might eliminate the need to attack the position in Round 1 or 2 – where the failure rate is very high considering the price attached. It's no secret that USC is loaded with big-time talent on both sides of the ball, but Turner looks a lot more like former Trojan bust Dwayne Jarrett than possible Hall of Famer Keyshawn Johnson right now.
Turner is only expected to run in the 4.6 range at the Scouting Combine next month, but a 40-yard dash time in the 4.4s would significantly elevate his stock.
Insider Analysis: WR Patrick Turner
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