Chicago Bears GM Pace addresses two areas of need in Round 2


Upside: The Bears needed depth after the departure of defensive end Mitch Unrein this offseason, and Nichols can provide decent athleticism as he joins the rotation. Could the Bears have potentially landed three first-round grade players in one draft class?

It waited until the sixth round on Saturday. As new Bears players are being introduced, one of the National Football League rumors circulating over the past couple of days is about an National Football League trade that did not come to fruition.

Before Fitts, the Bears selected Western Kentucky inside linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe in Round 4, and DE defensive tackle Bilal Nichols in Round 5.

Along with Miller, the Bears also added Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel to their wide receiver group.

The Chicago Bears on Friday drafted Memphis wide receiver Anthony Miller with the 51st overall pick.

Yet there was no outside pass rush help until they took Fitts as the Bears stuck to their draft board instead of moving up or reaching for a player at a position of need. In order to get respect, you've got to work for it. That was a bit of a change from 2016 and 2017, when he took linebacker Leonard Floyd and Trubisky in the first round. He should go no lower than the second or third round of the 2018 NFL Draft. The run game too, the way he plays with leverage and hand placement and pad level is incredible. And the draft was another indication that after years of post-Lovie dysfunction, the Bears' arrow finally is pointing up. Iowa's balanced offensive attack averaged 190.2 passing and 139.2 rushing yards per game.

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Even at the next level, he will pose a matchup problem with his ability to high-point the ball and outleap his defenders. Earlier this week Gesicki joined fellow Nittany Lions, Saquon Barkley and DaeSean Hamilton as Nike athletes.

Prior to starting all 16 games as a rookie for Chicago, Whitehair was considered one of the most versatile offensive linemen in the 2017 Draft.

"It was just a run of bad luck and I think I got it all out of the way", Fitts said. "And if I'm able to do that, they'll be ecstatic, and I'll be happy just to do that for them".

Going undrafted until the final round gave Georgia's Wims a familiar overlooked feeling. Additionally, the third-day pick of Josh Sweat is a risk because of the medical, but he could be a huge steal for a team already loaded to the hilt with defensive stars.

At Memphis, the 5-foot-11, 201-pound Miller caught 191 passes over the past two seasons for 2,896 yards and 32 touchdowns.

Delaware's Nichols has a real inside Bears connection.

According to NBC Sports Chicago via NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Chicago Bears were in talks with an undisclosed team to find a way back into the latter part first round of the NFL Draft. One NFC scout said that Nichols has the size and length to play any spot on a 3-man defensive line.