CHICAGO BEARS

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - NFC NORTH -

Grade: A

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.

Best pick

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.

Up­side pick

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.

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