Chicago Bears take Georgia ILB Roquan Smith No. 8

Chicago Bears draft Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith

Smith has the ability to be a Pro Bowl player.

They also could look into wide receiver or the offensive line with this pick. Only 20 years old, Daniels is the highest-ceiling center prospect in this draft class and, if needed, could probably make a seamless transition to guard, although this pick nearly certainly means 2016 second-rounder Cody Whitehair will move to guard.

And while the Bears are convinced Trubisky is their long sought-after franchise quarterback, last year's second overall selection started only 12 games at North Carolina, and entered training camp as Chicago's third quarterback behind Mike Glennon and Mark Sanchez.

"It'll be something different", Smith said when asked about picking up his life and heading west.

Smith had a team-best 6.5 sacks last year while winning the Butkus Award as the best linebacker in the country and was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year.

Smith saved perhaps his most impressive performances for the Bulldogs' most meaningful showdowns in 2018.

Smith's first impression was a good one.

Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio's eye for talent at linebacker can not be discounted. As superficial as news conference exchanges often are, many times they open a window for Chicago to see a new face and personality. He is now in the same exact scheme with the same exact coach as Willis.

"You're getting by far the best player in this draft".

"I know they are known for defense here in Chicago and coach Vic is an awesome defensive coordinator", Smith said. "I pictured myself being there but actually just knowing that I'll be there just seems surreal". We feel you compete your best at practice and you do things the right way on and off the field.

The mother of Chicago Bears 1st-round draft pick Roquan Smith says she's still a die-hard ATL Falcons fan and will NOT abandon her team.

"Obviously, he comes from an outstanding college program", Pace said.

Added Pace: "He's a highly intelligent player". When we met with him and interviewed him, that shined through the whole way. His time was the second fastest among all linebackers at the combine. "This guy checks all the boxes".

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