In 2017 the Bears weren’t much to watch. The defense was up and down and the offense was….less than good. However, Chicago really attacked their needs in the offseason and with a strong draft they could be primed to finally claw their way out of the NFC North cellar. Here is the Chicago Bears 2018 NFL Draft Review.
Chicago Bears 2018 NFL Draft Review
1st Round – Roquan Smith, OLB, Georgia
Smith is going to be a fantastic player in the NFL. A top three player on my board, he’s everything you want in a linebacker for today’s game. Fast, physical, and very aware of where the ball is. Smith projects to be a consistent pro bowler with hall of fame potential. He will start right away and may even prove to be the Bears best defensive player by the end of the season.
2nd Round – James Daniels, C, Iowa
Daniels is very athletic as far as offensive linemen go. He is strong enough to put muscle defensive tackles and fluid enough to get to linebackers in space. He should step right in and replace Josh Sitton, who left in the offseason, at left guard. I expect a natural transition with Daniels and the Bears won’t miss a beat with him in there.
2nd Round – Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis
Miller was my second ranked wide receiver coming into the draft. He may not come from a power five school and his size is average at best, but he has big time talent. He’s athletic and fairly polished as a route runner, so Miller should be able to step right in and contribute immediately. He’s also proven to be s touchdown machine, despite limitations with his size. This is a testament to how good he is at creating separation.
4th Round – Joel Iyiegbuniwe, LB, Western Kentucky
Iyiegbuniwe is a rangy athletic linebacker. He projects as a depth middle linebacker for the Bears who will see a lot of action on passing downs. He’ll also see time on special teams. Quality role player for a defense that needs linebacker depth.
5th Round – Billy Nichols, DT, Delaware
Nichols is a defensive tackle by trade, but will likely play defensive end in Chicago and replace Mitch Unrein. Hex not much of a pass rusher, but can be a good run defender. Another nice depth pick.
6th Round – Kylie Fitts, DE, Utah
Fitts is one of the more talented pass rushers in this class, but has had problems with injury over his career. I’m also not sure where he’ll play in the Bears defense, perhaps being too small to be a 3-4 defensive end and he may lack the mobility to play as a stand up linebacker. Still his talent is worth a flyer at this point in the draft.
7th Round – Javon Wims, WR, Georgia
Wims is a big body position receiver with quality ball skills. He might not be the sudden athlete who can create consistent separation, but he can be a red zone target who can contribute on special teams as a 5th wideout.
Overall Grade: A-
Best Pick – Roquan Smith
Biggest Reach – Billy Nichols