Published: Sat, April 28, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

ESPN sends Bears O-line help in 2nd round mock draft

ESPN sends Bears O-line help in 2nd round mock draft

The Chicago Bears were that franchise with the eighth overall pick.

Smith has the ability to be a Pro Bowl player.

The seventh overall pick in 2015, White posted monster numbers during his final season at West Virginia, but the wide receiver's route-running tree was extremely limited, to say the least. In 2016 the Bears picked Leonard Floyd to enhance their pass rush. And he continued to push the introductory phase forward with revelations helpful for those curious about an inside linebacker the Bears believe could be the face of their defense for years to come.

Smith's scenario is entirely different.

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.

Apart of a new breed of linebacker, Smith brings pass coverage and mobility to the linebacker position.

Smith's first impression was a good one.

How does Smith feel about reuniting with his former college teammate? "I'm just excited to play in that system". "And coach Vic is an awesome defensive coordinator". As superficial as news conference exchanges often are, many times they open a window for Chicago to see a new face and personality. Later, Fangio coached Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs in Baltimore and Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman in San Francisco.

Smith can occasionally get engulfed by linemen, and he may need to improve his hand use to become more effective taking on blocks.

Added Smith: "I'm just a playmaker, if you ask me". I felt like it would best prepare me.

Georgia has had two players taken in the first round multiple times, the last time being back in 2013, but when the New England Patriots took Sony Michel with the No. 31 pick, it was the first time that third player had been taken in the first round of the National Football League draft from Georgia.

"Roquan is not only a great player but he has outstanding intangibles", Pace said. When we met with him and interviewed him, that shined through the whole way. "This guy checks all the boxes". From players he played with, same thing.

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