Top to bottom, I really loved what the Chicago Bears did in the 2018 NFL Draft. The first two days were exceptional, and after taking some time to really get to know their day three selections, I think general manager Ryan Pace and his scouting staff deserves to take a bow. The one head-scratcher of a pick that befuddled many Bears’ fans, fourth rounder Joel Iyiegbuniwe, seems like an instant contributor on special teams. I say it every year, I can’t fault a GM for staying true to his board. If Pace felt there was more value in getting another inside linebacker in the fourth, rather that diving down his board to fill a need, I’m fine with that.
And besides, he got his edge rusher in the sixth in Kylie Fitts of Utah. Injuries pushed him down the board, but I think he has a chance to be in the outside linebacker rotation week one.
After having our lead draft analyst, EJ Snyder, on my T Formation Conversation Podcast four different times leading up to the Draft, I had to bring him back on to recap what the Bears did with their seven picks.
EJ and I ran down Chicago’s selections, we talked about their strengths and weaknesses, about how the players will fit in as rookies, and even went over the draft board to discuss a few players the Bears passed up on.
I also got EJ’s take on the reported undrafted free agent class the Bears signed, because no one gets more excited for the UDFA frenzy that EJ Snyder.
For those of you that would rather read all about the Bears’ picks instead of listening to a quick podcast, check out Robert Zeglinski’s grades here, and check out Jacob Infante’s thoughts on how the roster could shape up with the rookies added by reading this article.