Smith entered the draft as the No. 1 ranked linebacker on many draft boards, which is why Bears general manager Ryan Pace jumped at the opportunity of selecting the Georgia product once they were on the clock with the eighth-overall pick. He is looking forward to playing with Trubisky after getting shredded by him in an OH regional playoff game in high school.
"It's actually amusing. My sophomore year in high school, I'm from Warren, Ohio, he was a senior at Mentor High School".
"I'm putting that on hold and just trying to play as long as I can (with) the gift that God gave me", he said. "He had like 500 total yards against us and we lost, 42-35. When he went to college, I was involved just because you always like to see players I played against in high school do good in college and when he got drafted by the Bears a year ago I was excited for him because he really tore my high school team apart".
"I honestly didn't know that (the Bears) were going to draft me".
"Young man looks like a player to me, " tweeted Olin Kreutz, the best Bears center ever. It was just awesome.
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They fired John Fox and replaced him with the offensive-minded Matt Nagy, a protege of Andy Reid. Outstanding high-pointer with one of the best "my ball" mentalities in this class. Sells double-moves well. Roquan Smith has a chance to do it as a rookie if he can get a quick grasp on the playbook. "That's his strength. We believe he has that".
In James Daniels, the Chicago Bears take a versatile offensive lineman who will start his career as a guard.
He started two games at left guard as an Iowa freshman and 25 at center in 2016 and 2017. Daniels underwent surgery to fix a partially torn meniscus following the 2015 season.
"In the case of Daniels, not only is his technique good, but he's a big kid with physical ability". No draft can be accurately graded for two or three years or more.
"If I got within that range, I'll be really happy", Fitts told The Tribune last week. It's a business decision.
Daniels, 20, left the Hawkeyes after his junior year. There are still things we want to accomplish. And he's a really intelligent guy. "I can't say I'm as athletic as him, but we're on the same path, and for those reasons, I feel like we're similar". "But we take the best available guy; that's just an added spice to it". Pace landed more established, NFL-ready players this time.