By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63
It has been said by many analysts, writers, and fans that general manager Ryan Pace had to be aggressive in this draft. The Chicago Bears could not afford to continue to spiral into the NFC oblivion.
It was imperative that they drafted key players and address positions that would help the Bears compete within the division of the NFC North. Pace came through and he started with the best linebacker in the draft in Roquan Smith in the first round, center James Daniels and wide receiver Anthony Miller in the second round.
Smith, Daniels and Miller are expected to start day one with great expectations. The defense was in need of a good sideline-to-sideline linebacker and they will get that with Smith. The guard position was addressed with Daniels who will easily fit in the guard position, keeping Cody Whitehair at center.
Then there is Miller. The Bears needed another weapon to come alongside Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, and Kevin White. Miller has the length and real nice stick hands, who can easily become an endzone favorite.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) April 29, 2018
But what about the rest of the draft picks?
How will they help bring the Bears to a winning season? Well, the Bears brass believe that the Monsters of the Midway must be revived by stacking the defensive deck with more fire power.
In the fourth round the Bears selected LB Joel “Iggy” Iyiegbuniwe out of Western Kentucky. Iggy has some pass rush ability and will most likely be used in sub-packages and special teams. He will have to work his way up to the second team which will give him more time to work on reading and reacting quickly to offenses and shedding blockers.
In Round 5, the Bears selected Bilal Nichols, a defensive lineman of Delaware. In 2017, Nichols played more of the one-gap and didn’t get to show as much athleticism as he did in 2016. But he is athletic at 6’4, 306 pounds and can spin out of down blocks and re-engage to make a play.
The Bears continue their string of defensive players by adding edge rusher Kylie Fitts of Utah in the sixth round. He is a strong-side linebacker but has been plagued with injuries the past several years. Could be an impactful player on special teams but will really have to prove he can stay healthy to make an impact as an edge rusher.
Last but not least, the Bears pick another offensive weapon in WR Javon Wims of Georgia. Wims led the Bulldogs in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. He has excellent hands and is athletically gifted.However, he needs to work on route running and getting open. It will be interesting to see how well he does in training camp and if he can be another reliable weapon for quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
The Bears can be competitive this season as long as they stay healthy. But the 53-man roster has to be tight and ready to go. Time will tell if these rookies can rise to the challenge and finish strong.
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