Bears Insider breaks down first round draft pick

No players from Iowa selected during opening round of NFL draft

Having released linebackers Pernell McPhee and Willie Young, along with Lamar Houston becoming a free agent, the Chicago Bears were going to address the position with one of their first three draft picks. The consensus is that he has the qualities to take over as a defensive leader and become an impact player early in his career.

"I'm extremely happy to be a part of this Bears franchise's rich history", said Smith, an inside linebacker from Georgia.

In the second round, the Bears could go a variety of ways.

Thursday night during the first round of the National Football League draft, the Chicago Bears selected Roquan Smith with the 8th overall pick, but despite being drafted to the Bears, his mother has no plans to drop her fandom for the Atlanta Falcons. He signed with the Georgia Bulldogs in 2015.

This was the latest stop on his welcome tour of team headquarters, part of the whirlwind that took him from Arlington, Texas, to Lake Forest after the Bears' decision to draft him with the eighth pick Thursday night. The Patriots need offensive linemen and Wynn fits the bill, especially as a versatile player who can play tackle, guard and center. What should the team do with their first round pick? McKenzie was picked in the fifth round. How the Chicago Bears have used Leonard Floyd in his first two seasons provides a clue into what they intend to do with Smith.




Smith saved perhaps his most impressive performances for the Bulldogs' most meaningful showdowns in 2018. He anchored an offensive line in 2017 that featured three new starters and finished with the nation's fourth best and SEC's top Red Zone Offense (96 percent) and the country's ninth-ranked Rushing Offense (258.4 yards/game). He also caught 64 passes for 621 yards and six touchdowns.

Sony Michel also signed with Georgia in 2014.

Trubisky didn't take a snap in Chicago's first four games before starting the final 12 in his rookie season.

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