It's early December. So that can only mean that ESPN Draft Expert Todd McShay is firing out a pre-Christmas mock draft -- translated, toys and goodie candy for our little draft obsessionists. With my best Roger Goodell voice, "with the 17th pick of the 2013 NFL draft, the Cincinnati Bengals select linebacker Alec Ogletree, Georgia. McShay writes:
Ogletree is raw, but he has freakish athleticism and plenty of upside. He comes with some character baggage, but the Bengals have shown a willingness to overlook character concerns and an affinity for SEC prospects. They're getting good play from LB Vontaze Burfict, but can they trust him to remain focused? Ogletree also could add depth if Rey Maualuga has trouble staying on the field, and there are no great fits at Cincinnati's other positions of need (SS, RB, WR, RT).
Really? An entire write-up about "character concerns", "trust" and "staying on the field?" Well it's hard to differentiate because Andy Dalton is the Glockin' Ginger, the Red Rough Rider.. no. Well A.J. Green is... nothing like diva wide receivers. At least Geno Atkins punishes quarterbacks, then talks about disregarding sack records because he's upset that the team lost. Characters everywhere.