Roquan Smith joins Georgia LB Leonard Floyd, another first-rounder, as one of the new foundation stones in the Chicago defense. Smith’s size was knocked in the pre-draft process, but his production and rare instincts are unquestioned. Daniels moves to guard, replacing Josh Sitton, to upgrade the front wall protecting Mitchell Trubisky before his troublesome QB sack rate becomes a chronic concern. The shaky decision? Trading a 2019 second-rounder to New England to move up to acquire Miller. Of course, new head coach Matt Nagy made that call knowing Miller’s role in the scheme.
Roquan Smith might just be the next great Bears linebacker to walk into Halas Hall. With defensive coordinator Vic Fangio employing his inside linebackers in dynamic ways, Smith definitely has rookie of the year potential.
Bilal Nichols’ agility and first step will help him win one-on-ones next to Akiem Hicks. GM Ryan Pace dips into the smallschool well once more to get a guy would could make a difference.