Bears grab Roquan Smith with eighth pick in first round

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The Bears traded up in the first round to pick quarterback Mitchell Trubisky last year, but they stayed put at No. 8 this year to add a piece to their defense.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced linebacker Roquan Smith as the newest member of the Bears a little less than an hour into the first night of the draft in Dallas. It’s the third time in the last five years that the Bears have gone for a defensive player in the first round with Smith joining cornerback Kyle Fuller and linebacker Leonard Floyd in that group.

Smith starred for Georgia last season as they made a run to the national title game. He had 137 tackles, 14.5 tackles for losses and 6.5 sacks as a player who could make plays all over the field while remaining on the field for all three downs.

He should slide right into a starting spot on the inside of Vic Fangio’s defense in Chicago and they’ll hope for the same kind of production as he moves to the pro level.

12 responses to “Bears grab Roquan Smith with eighth pick in first round

  1. Great pick…..I am always concerned with Pace picking….he might just pick some guy we never heard of.

  2. firejerry says:
    April 27, 2018 at 12:14 am

    Great pick…..I am always concerned with Pace picking….he might just pick some guy we never heard of.

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    I will remember you saying this and the reason I say that is, what if he’s a bust? Are we going to hear you cry about him for four years like you have with Kevin White?

  3. Hicks, Floyd, Smith, Fuller, Jackson/Amos

    Bears have quietly put together a defense with playmakers at every level.

    Look out!! Monsters of the Midway are BACK, baby.

  4. dimbee says:
    April 27, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Hicks, Floyd, Smith, Fuller, Jackson/Amos

    Bears have quietly put together a defense with playmakers at every level.

    Look out!! Monsters of the Midway are BACK, baby.

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    Dude totally! With Fangio calling the shots, couldn’t be more happy! We had a top ten 10 defense last season with 2nd/3rd stringers and massive injuries! Hopefully everyone is healthy in 2018!

  5. This kid has a long list of very large shoes to fill and I hope he fills them. As much as the game and the league may evolve, some things need to stay the same and one of those things is the Bears fielding at least one stud LB, if not 2… or 3.

    A Rodgers/Urlacher chess match was a thing of beauty as they checked and rechecked, back and forth, sometimes two or three times on a single play. Not to mention trying to “set each other up” for later in a game.

    I would love to see the two of them breaking down game tape on some of those chess matches where one might say “on this play, we started with this but I checked to that, because…” followed by the other guy saying “then I checked to such-and-such, because…” etc, etc, etc. Now THAT would be worth watching.

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