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The Bears Den, Draft Day Two Edition, April 28, 2018

Bears go offensive line in the second, and then make a surprise trade for another second rounder and pick a wide receiver

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2018 NFL Draft
Commissioner Roger Goodell announces a pick by the Chicago Bears during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas.
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NFL Draft 2018: 5 things we learned about Bears pick Roquan Smith - Chicago Sun-Times - Less than 24 hours after being announced as the Bears' first-round pick, Roquan Smith made his first appearance Friday at Halas Hall.

Morrissey: A year later, were the Bears duped in the Trubisky draft swap? Same answer: Who cares? - The most important thing is that Pace did everything he could to get the player he believed could lead the Bears to a Super Bowl title.

NFL Draft 2018 results: Full list of picks for Rounds 2-3 - Chicago Sun-Times - The second and third rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft go down Friday night in Arlington. Keep track of the full results here.

NFL Draft results 2018: Bears draft Iowa C James Daniels in second round - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears drafted Iowa center James Daniels with their second-round pick.

NFL draft results 2018: Bears make trade, take Memphis WR Anthony Miller - Chicago Sun-Times - They pulled a surprise Friday evening when they traded their 105th pick and next year's second-rounder to move up to the Patriots' spot at No. 51

NFL Draft 2018: James Daniels tears up after being picked by Bears - Chicago Sun-Times - Watch the Bears' second-round pick's emotional reaction when receiving his draft day call from the franchise.

Finley: Bears drill down on first-round pick Roquan Smith, 'The Montezuma Missile' - Chicago Sun-Times - When Smith went from his 3,000-person hometown about 150 miles north to college, the name traveled with him. He became the “Montezuma Missile.”

Jahns - Meet James Daniels: Athletic center pumped to protect Bears QB Mitch Trubisky - Chicago Sun-Times - Many draft analysts projected Daniels as a first-round pick, rating him above Arkansas’ Frank Ragnow and Ohio State’s Billy Price .

Potash: Bears trade up for "more than a receiver" in Memphis star Anthony Miller - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears' second-round pick expects to make a big impact in the NFL.

Campbell: Roquan Smith's Bears introduction could be the start of something big - Chicago Tribune - The Bears introduced Roquan Smith, the eighth overall draft pick, at Halas Hall on Friday

Kane: Ryan Pace tried to trade for another Bears’ first-round draft pick - Chicago Tribune - Bears GM Ryan Pace wasn’t done trying to make moves Thursday night after he selected inside linebacker Roquan Smith eighth overall. Pace confirmed in his late-night news conference that he explored trading into another pick at the end of the first round, but it didn’t materialize.

Wiedman: The rise of the Monsters of the Midway stars with Smith - Our Turf Football - OTFB's Wanda Wiedman discusses the Chicago Bears 1st round pick, and the spark that he could give the team. It also reminds her of the old days.

Campbell: Capsule look at Bears second-round draft picks James Daniels and Anthony Miller - Chicago Tribune - The Bears had two picks in the NFL draft's second round on Friday night and selected Iowa center James Daniels 39th overall and Memphis wide receiver Anthony Miller 51st.

Campbell: Bears left to address glaring edge-rush need on final day of draft - Chicago Tribune - The Bears completed the first three rounds of the draft without addressing the edge rusher position, their greatest need.

Wiederer: Memphis receiver Anthony Miller gives Bears offense heightened firepower - Chicago Tribune - The Bears made two picks in the second round of the NFL draft Friday. After scooping Iowa center James Daniels, general manager Ryan Pace made a bold trade up to nab Memphis receiver Anthony Miller, whose production and confidence has generated some dream-big comparisons to Antonio Brown.

Kane: Bears select Iowa center James Daniels in second round of NFL draft - Chicago Tribune - Bears' second-round draft pick James Daniels fills an immediate need after they declined veteran left guard Josh Sitton’s option this winter.

LaGear: Chicago Bears had sights set on Smith for a long time - Daily Herald - The Bears had been on the trail for Georgia ILB Roquan Smith for a long time before they made him the eighth overall pick in the draft Thursday night.

Anthony Miller: Instant Analysis of the Chicago Bears' New Wide Receiver - Da Bears Brothers Podcast - Listen as Da Bears Brothers frantically react to the Bears' trade and the Anthony Miller pick. The guys explain why Miller should instantly contribute and has "star" potential written all over him.

James Daniels: Instant Analysis of the Chicago Bears' 2018 Second-Round Pick - Da Bears Brothers Podcast - Listen as Da Bears Brothers instantly react to (and analyze) the Chicago Bears second pick of the 2018 draft, James Daniels, and explain how the versatile lineman fits in Nagy's offense.

Moreano: Bears have their leader on defense in Roquan Smith - Da Bears Brothers Blog - Expectations are high for the Bears' 2018 first-round pick, and if he can become an instant contributor, Chicago's defense can be a top unit next season.

Bears are having one of the best drafts in 2018 - NBC Sports Chicago - Are the Bears having one of the best drafts in 2018? Some pundits think the Bears have.

Mullin: Bears should have day-one starters – but make ‘em earn it - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears should have day one starters with their early 2018 draft picks, but John "Moon" Mullin thinks the team should make them earn it.

Perez: Instant analysis of Bears drafting Iowa center James Daniels in Round 2 - Bears Wire - A look at the Bears' selection of Iowa center James Daniels in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft

Highlights of Bears second-round pick James Daniels | Bears Wire - Highlights of the Chicago Bears' second-round pick, Iowa center James Daniels

Perez: Bears trade back into 2nd round, select Memphis WR Anthony Miller - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears traded back into the 2nd round of the 2018 NFL Draft and selected Memphis WR Anthony Miller

Highlights of Bears second-round pick Anthony Miller - Bears Wire - A look at Chicago Bears second-round pick Anthony Miller's highlights

Cox: Instant analysis of Bears trading up for Memphis WR Anthony Miller - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears added another playmaker for Mitchell Trubisky in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

2018 NFL Draft: Bears still armed with picks after 2nd-round trade | Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears still have several picks remaining in the 2018 NFL Draft

Cox: New Bears WR Anthony Miller says he’s out to prove doubters wrong - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears second-round pick Anthony Miller is confident and motivated to make a name for himself in Matt Nagy's offense.

They said it: 2018 NFL Draft - - See what writers around the country are saying about the Bears' first-round draft choice, linebacker Roquan Smith.

Mayer: Thursday a memorable day for Vic Fangio - - Sinking a hole-in-one and landing one of the top defensive players in the draft made Thursday a day that Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio will never forget.

Mayer: Bears earn straight A’s for Smith pick - - The Bears earned straight A’s across the board from NFL analysts for their selection of Georgia inside linebacker Roquan Smith with the eighth pick in the draft.

Mayer: Excited Smith 'can't wait to get to work' - - During his introductory press conference Friday at Halas Hall, Bears first-round pick Roquan Smith expressed excitement about joining a franchise with such a storied history.

Mayer: Bears pick James Daniels in second round - - The Bears bolstered their offensive line by selecting Iowa center James Daniels with the 39th overall pick in the second round of the NFL Draft.

Mayer: Bears trade up to select Miller in Round 2 - - The Bears traded up back into the second round of the draft to select Memphis receiver Anthony Miller with the 51st overall pick.

Thoughts on the Roquan Smith Selection From Around the League - Hughes - Selecting Roquan Smith with the eighth pick of the first round was an absolute no-brainer for Ryan Pace. Taking my favorite player in the draft? Icing on the cake.

Hawley: Roquan Smith joins an elite group of Bears as a first round linebacker selections - WGN-TV - The first piece of history was clasped in his hands in Arlington, Texas last night. It's the navy blue jersey which featured his last name along with the No. 1. He held it up for everyone at AT&T Stadium to see, along with the multitudes of Bears fans watching at home.

Tarsitano: Bears take Iowa center James Daniels with second round pick - WGN-TV - The Chicago Bears drafted Iowa center James Daniels in the second round on Friday, giving prized quarterback Mitchell Trubisky more protection.

Chicago Bears swing a trade to nab Memphis' prolific WR Anthony Miller - Pro Football Weekly - Bears give up 2nd-rounder next year and this year's 4th-rounder for a 2nd-rounder this year.

White: Anthony Miller scouting report: Bears pick 2018 NFL Draft’s best WR? - - He’s not the biggest WR in the draft, but Miller’s magic with the ball in his hands, says retired NFL defensive end Stephen White.

A Letter to NFL GMs by Anthony Miller - I’m always going to approach this game like a player with no scholarship offers. I’m going to grind the same way I did when I was a walk-on.

Infante: Why Bears fans should be excited about James Daniels - The Draft Wire - With the 39th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears selected center James Daniels from Iowa.

Stankevitz: Bears resume building around Mitch Trubisky, draft Iowa center James Daniels with second-round pick - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears spent most of 2018 building around Mitch Trubisky, and resumed those efforts Friday night by drafting Iowa center James Daniels.


Sessler: Niners trade OT Trent Brown to New England Patriots - - After acquiring Isaiah Wynn during Thursday night's NFL draft, the New England Patriots got more OL help Friday, picking up Trent Brown in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers.

Smith: Addition of FOX drives big increase in NFL draft viewership – ProFootballTalk - The first round of the NFL draft was on broadcast television for the first time, and as a result the ratings were way up from last year. The combined viewership on FOX, ESPN, NFL Network totaled an 8.3 rating, a big increase over the 6.7 rating last year on ESPN and NFL Network.

Florio: Jason Witten plans to retire, join Monday Night Football – ProFootballTalk - Cowboys tight end Jason Witten recently said he plans to play until he's 40. Those plans have quickly changed. ESPN has announced (essentially) that Witten now plans to retire from the NFL and become "a lead analyst" on Monday Night Football. Witten intends to meet with Cowboys owner/G.M.

Florio: How many first-round quarterbacks will be busts? – ProFootballTalk - In 1999, five quarterbacks were drafted in round one. Most of them ended up being busts. So what will happen with the quarterback quintet of 2018? The official PFT over-under for busts is 2.5. History tells us to bet the over.


Greenfield: Frank Ragnow is your Newest Detroit Lion - Our Turf Football - OTFB's Sonja Greenfield reviews the Detroit Lions first pick of the 2018 NFL Draft


Zeglinski: Remaining Needs for Days 2 and 3 - Windy City Gridiron - As the Bears move into Day 2 of the draft, what other holes do they need to fill?

Zeglinski: Possible Day 2 targets for the Chicago Bears - Windy City Gridiron - With Day 1 of the 2018 NFL Draft wrapped up, let’s look at a few possible second round targets for the Bears.

Zeglinski: Roquan Smith gets his own chapter in Bears’ linebacking tradition - Windy City Gridiron - The next epic chapter in Bears’ linebacking history is about to be emphatically written by Smith.

Curl: NFL Draft 2018: Chicago Bears Draft Clouds 7-9 - Windy City Gridiron - With the draft hitting it’s meatiest portion, this series finally goes to Cloud Nine.

Zeglinski: A beaming Vic Fangio among Chicago Bears’ winners and losers - Windy City Gridiron - Thursday night was big for the grizzled defensive coordinator. Not so much for Nick Kwiatkoski.

Zeglinski: The football world grades the Chicago Bears’ pick of Roquan Smith - Windy City Gridiron - From ESPN to the locals, there’s an almost unanimous consensus on the Bears’ pick of Smith. Can you say "home run"?

Mitchell: Know Thy Enemy - The NFC North Round 1 Draft - Windy City Gridiron - Sadly, the other three teams in the division also got to draft in the first round. Even more sadly, no one had a bad night

Link: Chicago Bears draft James Daniels at No. 39 overall - Windy City Gridiron - Chicago gets one of the best interior offensive lineman in this draft.

Zeglinski: Chicago Bears trade back into second round, select Anthony Miller at No. 51 overall - Windy City Gridiron - At a high price, the Bears get a vaunted and competitive playmaker for their offense.


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