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Bears Select Roquan Smith, ILB, Georgia

| April 27th, 2018


From my column last week:

  • Pursues the ball carrier like Harry Carson.
  • Ability to get sideline-to-sideline is Urlacher-esque.
  • Coverage ability reminiscent of young Derrick Brooks.
  • 6.5 sacks his senior year showed he can get into the backfield and wreck havoc.

The only player in the 2018 draft I’m hoping ends up in a Chicago Bears uniform. This kid is special.

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  • catfish44

    yes yes yes! roquan smith! he will be an all pro.

  • Let’s hope those big guys gobble up the blocks b4 Smith.

  • ButtonShoes

    It’s a safe, smart pick. First one Pace has ever made.

    • Malice Halice

      Yep, this draft we didn’t need to make bold moves

  • catfish44

    Greg Gabriel

    @greggabe

    Smith doesn’t have good instincts, they are rare! Best I’ve seen in a LB in years. He’ll be the next great Bear LB

    • ButtonShoes

      Can’t find much disagreement anywhere with this pick. It’s a good one.

    • Irish Sweetness

      And Tremaine goes 16th.

  • Don’t be surprised if this is Lamar Jackson.

  • ButtonShoes

    Rosen! Good on you, Arizona. You’ve got a good one.

  • KentuckyBearsFan

    2020 Super Bowl champions.

    I’m drinking the Kool Aid.

    …oh sorry….it’s PBR and whiskey.

  • leftcoastdave

    Pace paying back that promise to Fangio.

    • Big Mike

      It will pay off for all of us.

      • leftcoastdave

        From two seconds to trade to 7 down to a third and a 5th or 6th to trade five to the 10. The Bucs were at the right place and were getting the offers we didn’t get.
        Bummer, but BPA.

        • Big Mike

          Price changed quick didn’t it. AZ Made a good move. This is even better for Rosen. He’s going to a team that isn’t bad at all

          • AlbertInTucson

            And look who has to beat out to be at least the #2 while waiting for Bradford to break down.

          • Big Mike

            Glennon destined to never play again and get paid a lot

          • Living the dream!

          • AlbertInTucson

            Nice work, if you can get it.

  • Josh Rosen did not look happy. Dude’s gonna have a massive chip on his shoulder.

    • ButtonShoes

      He’s going to tear things up in the league.

    • EnderWiggin

      I’ll bring the salsa!

    • AlbertInTucson

      His mouth didn’t help him. He got a little pissy answering questions at some point leading up to tonight.

      • Yeah, but who was the last douchy QB who got pissy cuz he fell more than expected?

        Vadgers.

        • AlbertInTucson

          The Cardinals offensive line is a sieve.

  • That Guy

    Tampa made out like bandits. 2 QBs, an OT, and LB taken…they’ll likely get the guy they wanted at #7, and pick up 2 2nd rounders as well.

    • That Guy

      Except I was thinking they wanted Fitzpatrick, so maybe not so great move for them.

      Unless they jump on Edmunds.

  • Big Mike

    AZ and Rosen big winners. Sliding to 10 with AZ Moving up puts him in a much better situation than the other 3 QB#

  • catfish44

    Roquan Smith: The perfect LB for today’s NFL.

    Georgia’s Roquan Smith is the best linebacker available in the 2018 draft class because he has already shown he is the prototypical NFL linebacker for the modern game.

    Football has changed over time and the game now differs dramatically even from the first years of PFF grading. Passing the ball continues to be ever more prevalent than rushing is and over the past decade, we have seen a huge swing in personnel paralleling that change.

    Linebackers used to be 250-pounds and able to hit a fullback in the hole like a Mack Truck but over the past 10 years, they have become smaller, quicker players to cope with the ever-increased coverage responsibilities placed on them. Brute force has given way to savvier forms of gap-control in the run game.

    If Smith came out 10 years ago, his evaluation would be very different, but he is the perfect linebacker for 2018. Because of that, he remains higher on PFF’s draft board than a couple of other talented linebackers that have body types of a more nostalgic variety.

    Roquan Smith

    Smith’s college career is the perfect developmental arc. He barely played in 2015 (just 78 snaps) but graded well in that small sample size before earning excellent grades in his first season of play and then bettering his numbers across the board in 2017.

    His overall PFF grade was 90.8 and critically his coverage grade was 90.6. There are three other linebackers with a chance to go in the first round in April (Leighton Vander Esch, Tremaine Edmunds and Rashaan Evans), and neither of those three can better 85.2 in PFF coverage grade this past year.

    Roquan Smith

    At the combine, Smith weighed in at 236-pounds and stood just under 6-foot-1 in height. He ran a 4.51 official 40-yard time, 0.2 faster than the typical position average at the combine. Only three linebackers this year posted faster 40 times at Indianapolis, and none of them were the three other potential first round players mentioned earlier. Edmunds and Vander Esch are carrying significantly more weight over those 40 yards than Smith is, but that won’t matter to the running back they’re all trying to close distance on at the next level.

    THE RUN GAME
    Smith isn’t the downhill-thumping linebacker of 10 years ago, but that isn’t what the NFL is looking for anymore, so it’s not really a black mark to hold against him. He still makes more than his fair share of plays against the run using his speed and explosion to attack gaps at the line of scrimmage or run sideline-to-sideline. Vander Esch led the nation in run-stop percentage this season (16.2), but Smith was in the top 15, ahead of Edmunds and Evans among others.

    The angles Roquan takes to flow sideline to sideline are rarely anything but perfect

    For a smaller linebacker, it’s not like tackling was a problem and in fact, it may be a real strength of his game. He missed just two tackles in the run game all season for one of the best tackling efficiency scores in the nation, and his tackling technique is actually very impressive most of the time. The agility that comes from his smaller size allows him to mirror the cuts of players with the ball and secure tackles that bigger players would miss. There are several plays on tape where he is able to match an attempted cut back from a ball carrier he is running down and bring him to the turf without losing control as he runs him down. Smith’s fundamentals are excellent in terms of breaking down and keeping control of his own body to avoid being exposed in those situations.

    COVERAGE
    Coverage is why Smith is a top talent in this draft. The last NFL season saw Atlanta’s Deion Jones emerge as one of the game’s best coverage linebackers, and do so in such a way as to hammer home that importance in a sequence of games in which he had one of the defining roles. Jones was able to become a matchup weapon on defense, shutting down players like Carolina TE Greg Olsen and the Rams RB Todd Gurley to give Atlanta’s defense the necessary kryptonite to players that typically prove the difference for their offenses. Smith has that kind of tape at Georgia.

    He doesn’t need to be 250lbs, because he can use his speed to play at the line of scrimmage. Avoids a pick here to still kill this play in short yardage.

    Linebackers are asked to do a lot in today’s NFL in coverage and being good at any one of those things isn’t enough. Smith is good at all of them. He can cover man to man, shut down plays in front of him in zone, and – critically – make an impact on deeper zones and routes that develop behind him.

    This last aspect of coverage may be the hardest to master but, move the needle the most at the next level. Luke Kuechly is one of the best linebackers in the game because he is more of a factor on those plays than anybody else, able to squeeze passing windows like few other players.

    Roquan Smith has rare coverage skills for a linebacker. That’s never been more important in the NFL. TV angle doesn’t do this play justice, but it’s elite-level coverage:

    A perfect example of this kind of playmaking from Roquan Smith came against Auburn this past season. On 3rd and 16, he was able to read the route combination quickly, spot the crosser and stay with it to the back corner of the end zone and deflect the pass away. This is elite level coverage and while it came early in this game when it was still a one-score encounter, this is the type of play that Jones was making last season to end games in victories for Atlanta.

    Obviously, Smith isn’t perfect, and you can find plays on tape where he gets beat, just as you can for any other player. The key question is how many are there and how often do they come? Smith’s bad plays are few and far between, and the number of good in between them is what makes him such an excellent prospect. Also, the fact that the negatives don’t appear to present any kind of specific pattern of weaknesses, rather simply represent the bad reps that every player has in his game somewhere.

    Edmunds and Vander Esch may both top 250-pounds and stand at least 6-foot-4. They each have multiple inches on Smith when it comes to wingspan and all of those measurables have many people salivating over the potential that each player possesses. Both have graded well at PFF during their college playing time, but not in the same ballpark as Smith has. Some may have Smith below those players on their draft boards because of the potential that each player possesses, but the bottom line is that they would need to realize most of that potential to overcome the gap in production to Smith.

    If they’re lucky, both Edmunds and Vander Esch each have the potential to become as good as Smith, but if I was drafting I’d take the guy who already is Roquan Smith, and may quickly become one of the game’s best coverage linebackers and a true mismatch weapon on defense.—–https://www.profootballfocus.com/news/draft-roquan-smith-the-perfect-lb-for-todays-nfl

    • ButtonShoes

      He’s good! Definitely a good pick.

    • Irish Sweetness

      This makes me feel better. And his lines are good.

  • BuddhaJoe

    So how did they have a Cards jersey right there for Rosen? They didn’t even have that pick at the time. Shits starting to look like WWE.

    • Big Mike

      Name plates are velcro

    • burntorangenavyblue

      Believe me, someone’s getting paid thousands with their Kricut (sp?) arts and craft machine at the Draft ready to make the temporary jersey name prints

  • burntorangenavyblue

    I’m down with the pick. But the Bears need to figure their OL. Sick of the musical chairs and never knowing what the hell might be the line up on a given Sunday (or Sun-night, hehe).

    • ButtonShoes

      That’s going to be up to Hiestand, it seems.

      • Irish Sweetness

        And it can be done. KC did it a few years ago.

    • Big Mike

      That’s why they have HH. Best oline coach in the league

      • SC Dave

        Allegedly. We’ll see.

    • There’s gonna be good Olinemen at the top of the 2nd.

      There’s still about 5-6 1st RD graded ones. I’m guessing one or two will def fall in our lap on day 2.

      The real question is, if Pace stays put for one, or trades down.

    • leftcoastdave

      I trust they know what they’ve got and what else they might get.

    • BenderMcLugh

      Back to back 1k rushing seasons.

      • burntorangenavyblue

        Wasn’t knocking that. And that only tells part of the story.

        • BenderMcLugh

          True true

  • Big Mike

    GB AND Detroit have 3 WRs on the field 75% of the time. SMITH is the right move

  • Joecashflow

    Rying to figure this out….Brown’s take a Safety and pass on Barkley. If you got Barkley, you don’t need a D.

  • BenderMcLugh

    Love the pick

  • Joecashflow

    Glad Double V is out of division !

    • Ran a 5.1.
      For his size, that’s good.

      Maybe another Poe.

    • Joecashflow

      Huge dude. If we cant have him, fine with watching him down here in Tampa.

    • BenderMcLugh

      Dude is going to have one helluva career

  • When Freeman went off and Trevathan went down, the Bears were running with Kwikowski and getting gashed and forced to bring safeties down.

    They needed inside talent and so while Edmunds has more upside, Pace and Fangio went with a guy that should start Day 1 at ILB

    • BenderMcLugh

      Still would have liked either

    • Bears also had Timu, Christian Jones and Anderson out there.

      So yeah, def got gashed with those JAGs.

      • Edmunds just keeps on falling.

        • Teams are just going need right now.

          Most of these guys till like 40 are ranked pretty closely.

          No WR taken yet either.

          Derwin James and Davenport still available.

          • The Pack just traded at 14.
            Thought they would grab Davenport but just traded down to 27 with the Saints

        • ButtonShoes

          And he’ll keep on falling. Great physical traits, bad instincts.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I like all of those guys. They all do one thing well, but Fangio doesn’t let them do it.

    • Joecashflow

      1 million light years from arm tacklin’ chicken dinner.

  • ButtonShoes

    A trade?

  • ButtonShoes

    The Saints? Could it be…Lamar?

    • That would be pretty ballsy.

      But it’s Peyton.

      He said he liked Mahomes last yr, so he’s not shy about projects.

  • Big Mike

    Boring. And that’s good!!!!!!!!

  • KentuckyBearsFan

    I miss the Monsters of the Midway. Considering the improvement of the defense last year of being complete dogshit before…this can only get better.

    • SC Dave

      Smith doesn’t exactly scream “monster”.

      • KentuckyBearsFan

        Smith seems like the safe pick.

        Edmonds if he learns the game could be the Monster.

        • SC Dave

          Exactly.

  • ButtonShoes

    Oh for fuck’s sake. The fudgies get a 5th this year and a 1st the next?

    • the Saints wanted somebody bad

      • ButtonShoes

        They wanted Lamar Jackson that badly? I mean…damn.

    • Everyone around us getting trade down treasures. Fucking Pukes.

      • ButtonShoes

        Happens every time, too.

  • Christian Jones got a shit deal from the Lions, so I really think it was a mistake not to keep him. He was the bears leading tackler last year.

  • ButtonShoes

    WHAT? DAVENPORT?!?!

  • Wow. Davenport! da fuq!?

  • leftcoastdave

    That was my pick after a trade down!

  • ButtonShoes

    A 5th this year and your 1st next year…FOR DAVENPORT?! New Orleans is huffing some Ryan Pace-branded glue.

    • he’s a turf 4-3 end and kicked ass in the senior bowl

    • I would love to talk shit, but they killed last yr’s draft.

      Howerver WHY did it have to be the PUKE!

      Bastards.

      • ButtonShoes

        Maybe the Saints just know something we don’t.

        And fuck the pukes.

        • The 1 year grade on last year’s draft has the Saints with the best 2017 draft.

          So I assume they know what they are getting with Davenport’s raw talent

          • ButtonShoes

            Hope they know what they’re doing.

          • GM Book of Rules says you never, ever trade a future 1 for anything but a QB.

            And this draft has a lot of DL talent. So yeah, I just don’t get it. They must really really think Davenport is special. Like Richard Dent special.

          • I think the Aints got caught up in the NFC Arms race. They see the Eagles, Rams, Vikes just splurging, and know they only have like 2 more Brees years.

      • leftcoastdave

        What will they do with next year’s first? Trade it this year or will it mean they know they will not be as competitive this year no matter who they draft?

        • They could do all kinds of stuff with two 1sts (like the Bills this yr).

          If they think Vadgers is breaking down, they can trade up for a QB and sit him for like 2-3 yrs, and the beat goes on.

  • Joecashflow

    Glad the Fudge packers didn’t get him !

  • Fuk. Was hoping Miller would fall to the 2nd.

  • KentuckyBearsFan

    go balls out Pace. Trade a 2nd for Edmunds or Lamar Jackson.

  • Joecashflow

    Pack is going for D secondary

    • burntorangenavyblue

      You better get a lottery ticket

  • Noooooo.
    Wow. Edmunds looks like he’s already wearing shoulder pads.
    Dude is yoked.

    • SC Dave

      An actual monster.

  • ButtonShoes

    Bills trade up for Edmunds. Huh.

  • KentuckyBearsFan

    Bills got Edmonds at 16.

    • Joecashflow

      He’s gonna be a ton !

    • Gonna be awesome to see him Vs Gronk.

      • Joecashflow

        His BD next week, #20. Don’t give him a drug test then !

    • Irish Sweetness

      Glad he’s in the AFC.

  • The story of the draft is: Browns are first team since 1992 Colts that have two of the first 5 picks – and choose not to trade EITHER one of them down.

  • Malice Halice

    Maybe Fangio was stuck on da Bulldog? U can’t tell me Pace didn’t get any offers.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Hell to pay if he did get any. You could be at 16 and still get Edmunds etc. Plus a pick or two.

  • burntorangenavyblue

    ESPN did a good job with talking to Kirby Smart about Smith. Interesting analysis and the coach seemed fairly confident and happy about him. Still shocked ESPN was able to give the Bears pick any coverage.

  • KentuckyBearsFan

    Love the Roquan Smith pic. But I was hoping to trade for Edmonds as well.

    I wanted opposing quarterbacks shitting their pants before the game in two years.

    • SC Dave

      It was one or the other, and I suspect we have the wrong one. Smith will be good, but he’ll need Hampton, McMichael, Perry, and Dent if people are expecting another Singletary.

  • The Roquan Smith selection shows the change in #Bears thinking. No longer rebuilding with high ceiling projects. They feel they are ready to take a big step forward and want major contributors like Smith from day one. – Zimmerman tweet

    Smith is def diff than what Pace usu goes for in the 1st.

    He’s not tall or lengthy.

    A plug and play LB with a high floor instead of ceiling.

    I also wonder if Fangio saw some Willis in him.

    • He’s also Floyd’s buddy from Georgia.

      • Yeah, but the last buddy cop movie we saw was Grasu and Long, so let’s hope this one turns out better lol

        • burntorangenavyblue

          I’m sure it’ll be better than Ride Along…

          Is that technically a cop buddy movie?

          • Irish Sweetness

            Well, it’s a gay movie. So there’s that. NTTAWWT.

    • burntorangenavyblue

      Exactly. Understanding where the league is heading is tantamount to staying competitive. While it is understandable we want to keep a majority of the nuances of what made old school football great…adaptation is still necessary, as long as the changes and trend aren’t causing the wheels to fall off. However, there are still issues in the NFL that just needs to GTFO, but that’s a topic for another day.

      • I think Pace looked at our division. Vadgers, Stafford and now Cousins.

        No power run teams.

        Got tired of seeing them slice up our LBs.

        Even though I had my doubts about Smith, Fangio’s history with ILBs makes me trust the pick more.

    • leftcoastdave

      Not Floyd, not Edmonds. Win this year.

      • SC Dave

        Don’t see how Smith equates to “win now”.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Yeah, I’d almost have enjoyed watching Edmunds flame out, but they’re calling the dude the best linebacker of his class. And we could use one of those, maybe they have their eyes on a beast later on.

  • Chargers just get the next Cam Chancellor to pair with Bosa.

  • ButtonShoes

    Fudgies on the clock. Whoever they draft will probably be an asshole.

    • burntorangenavyblue

      I’m sure State Farm is jerking into the wind about it

  • leftcoastdave

    Peckers going up for a corner. Josh Jackson, IA?

  • Joecashflow

    Guessing WR Ridley ???

  • ButtonShoes

    LOL WHO?!

  • Jaire Alexander?

    Dunno about that.

    I guess that’s their Fuller consolation prize.

  • ButtonShoes

    Welcome to the NFL, Jaire Alexander. All of Chicago joins me in saying “Go fuck yourself.”

  • burntorangenavyblue

    Ha Ha wtf GB!?!?

  • Joecashflow

    Ok, good pick

  • Joecashflow

    Lamar Jackson still on the board.

    • ButtonShoes

      Wonder if he falls into Day 2.

  • We need a WR! – says Cowboys.

    Be funny when they don’t draft Ridley!

    Think they’re drafting that other WR, Sutton

  • burntorangenavyblue

    I think Ric Flair was spotted in Cowboys gear

  • leftcoastdave

    Hey, this ain’t the Jerry Jones show.

    Let’s get on with it.

  • Vander Esch.
    Shea duece

    • SC Dave

      From the article posted about Smith…

      “Vander Esch led the nation in run-stop percentage this season (16.2),”

  • ButtonShoes

    They need a WR and draft an ILB? Jerry Jones is Jonesing it up.

  • ButtonShoes

    Maybe Ridley drops to Day 2! That would be nice. 2nd round is perfect place to pick him.

  • leftcoastdave

    Lach?

  • burntorangenavyblue

    Is Goodell’s tanning bed broken?

  • ButtonShoes

    Steelers trading Martavis Bryant to Raiders for a 3rd round pick. Hmmm.

    • That’s good value. Bryant better than any WR on the board.

      Crazy. Still no WR drafted.

      Thank god Pace got WRs in FA

      • ButtonShoes

        What do you say to Ridley in round 2? I think that would be nice.

        • Hmmm maybe. Would have to see what Oline/Dline guys are still available.

          Not to mention OLB.

          We have Taylor Gabriel who kinda fills that Ridley role

          • ButtonShoes

            Ridley or Harold Landry would be nice in the 2nd.

          • Landry would def be great value in the 2nd.

            Pace drafting two undersized short armed dudes in one draft?

            Be diff, that’s for sure.

          • ButtonShoes

            The complete opposite of everything he seems to believe in.

        • Pretty Boy Assassin

          Will Hernandez would be nice there.

    • burntorangenavyblue

      Called the sneaky bathroom stall move, Ben would know

  • ButtonShoes

    Did they just compare Vander Esch to Shea McClellin on ESPN? LOL, the Cowboys are fucked.

  • ButtonShoes

    Gotta say, so far, when it comes to the North, we’re head and shoulders above the rest this draft. Jaire Alexander? Frank Ragnow?

  • leftcoastdave

    #3 ol? G, T, C.

    When will Harry start producing trade material?

    • There’s gonna be good big men available on day 2.
      That’s when Harry can work his magic.

      Ah, fuck, Price now off the board. Spoke too soon

      • leftcoastdave

        Daniels still there, not to mention a bunch of big OTs.

        I want to see Edge.

  • ButtonShoes

    Tons of OL going off the board.

  • KentuckyBearsFan

    Patriots on the clock. Could be interesting.

    • Lamar Jackson?

      Maybe they go WR, though usu they go D or Oline

      • ButtonShoes

        Jackson would be a nice get for them.

    • KentuckyBearsFan

      they went offensive tackle.

  • Fuck. Olinemen getting gobbled up now.

  • leftcoastdave

    Wow. Rotsa rinemen.

  • SC Dave

    Wow… just watched the replay, and I gotta say Smith looked fucking thrilled coming up the tunnel.

    Not.

  • leftcoastdave

    Not one WR? Grapes next?

  • ButtonShoes

    TE for Baltimore.

  • burntorangenavyblue

    This year’s presentation for the draft is turrible.

    Year’s past had previous pick info graphics and the team’s current needs and who they lost or accquired in the offseason during the on the board team’s pick countdown.

    Now we have to listen and watch 20 guys who don’t know how to dress talk at the same time with nothing for the viewers to see what is going on if they tuned in.

  • ButtonShoes

    Ridley to Atlanta? Jones and Ridley. Unless him taking all those pics off his Instagram means he’s leaving.

    • Pretty much what I would’ve guessed. Ridley steps into that Gabriel role day 1.
      I doubt ATL thinks he’s a Jones replacement. Unless they’re tired of paying Jones

  • ButtonShoes

    “@AdamSchefter

    One of the great moments in NFL Draft history is coming up soon on ESPN….don’t want to miss. Will be memorable.”

    Hyperbole or truth?

    • burntorangenavyblue

      Goodell stepping down, I hope

      • KentuckyBearsFan

        revenue is up so he has the approval of the owners. So I doubt it.

        He made something close to 100M last year.

    • Vadgers finally comes out?

      • burntorangenavyblue

        I thought the State Farm commercials showed that?

  • Think it’s Oliver to SEA. Size

  • burntorangenavyblue

    ESPN: Alabama- gargle gargle gargle slurp slurp, in the eye please

  • Wow. Rashaad Penny?
    Odd.
    Think Michel is better, or RO-JO, but heard Michel has some mystery medical concern

  • BuddhaJoe

    Yall are still watching that? Shit, Braveheart’s on AMC right now, change the damn channel.

  • ButtonShoes

    “Ian Rapoport‏ @RapSheet

    As the first round comes to close, a few teams are discussing coming back into the first round — The #Bears and the #Raiders.”

    COME ON HAROLD LANDRY

  • leftcoastdave

    Bears looking to come up?

    • Landry, Hernandez, Taven Bryen, or maybe even Sutton

      • leftcoastdave

        I hope not. Lots of talent dropping and that second needs to be traded down, again.

      • Dark horses. RB Michel, RB Ro-JO, CB Oliver, OT Williams

  • Damn, the Jags D just got NASTIER. Wow.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    The draft day hats are awful.

  • Lamar Jackson should be a warning for future prospects.

    – Don’t score in single digits in Wonderlic
    – If NFL wants to see you at other positions, don’t refuse
    – Run your 40 if you’re fast
    – Hire an agent

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      I think his lack of an agent is the biggest downfall. A lot of reports out there of teams having a hard time getting a hold of him.

      • SC Dave

        I was going to say that, but you already did.

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          Plus an agent is constantly talking up their players to teams. He had no one to either talk him up or dispute reports to teams.

  • Guess Pats weren’t worried about Michel’s medicals.

    He’s an excellent runner.

  • Ravens trade back into 1st.

    Lamar?

    • SC Dave

      Yup

      • KentuckyBearsFan

        seems like the right team for him.

      • Malice Halice

        I hope starts so he n Watson can shit on EVERY QB selected before em.

  • Boom. Lamar to Ravens.

    • SC Dave

      NFL tracker was showing all sorts of weird shit – crappy software. So Eagles traded for what, exactly?

    • SC Dave

      You may recall I was very high on that guy a couple years ago. Don’t know why I don’t care now… perhaps it’s that I just can’t generate enthusiasm for the plantation system that is NCAA football.

  • Malice Halice

    Queens did us a favor not drafting a OLineman

  • ButtonShoes

    Well Landry and Hernandez are still on the board at least.

  • Irish Sweetness

    I wasn’t getting up to watch live. So I warmed up the coffee and switched on my blog, skimmed thru to the start of the draft and it was great. Seeing the picks through your eyes was fun. Browns being the browns. Two picks in the top 4 and they still miss out on the best player.

    I love linebackers. I love defense. But this is 2018 and the guy looks more like a safety. He looks good – in college – but he just looks … small. He can play, but I hope more than I expect. I hope he’s great.

    • SC Dave

      Browns draft is all about Mayfield. Like ours last year was all about Trubisky. In both cases, the QB has to pan out or the GM is done.

      Edit: And no, I’m far from thrilled with Smith, especially the expression on his face for the first 20-30 seconds after learning the Bears picked him.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Can’t say I spent ten seconds looking at the QBs this year Dave. I got mine!

        • SC Dave

          We hope, Irish. We hope.

          • Malice Halice

            As long as he starts the year off wit a W!

          • SC Dave

            The entire franchise has been redirected to support MT, from GM down.

            As far as beating Green Bay, Lovie understood. And delivered, somewhat. Except for the worst Bears game ever.

          • Malice Halice

            4real man, we open with a win, that’s like a playoff win in September!

          • Irish Sweetness

            Week one, Dave. Week one.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Well, yeah. There’s always Chase Daniel though!

      • BerwynBomber

        My concern about Smith is a) he seems a tweener, and b) some claim he can’t get off blocks at the second level.

        • KentuckyBearsFan

          Jeff’s comment was that everyone gets blocked. But apparently he’s seen a lot of game tape on the guy where he’s not worried.

    • Malice Halice

      Yea we got 2 lightning rods n trevathan for thunder

      • KentuckyBearsFan

        Imagine Dragons “Thunder.”

        • Malice Halice

          Yea that influenced the thunder reference!

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            I used to know a Native American from Michigan in college named Thunder.

            I wish my name was that cool.

          • Malice Halice

            I went to high school wit a guy whose last name was “Scare the hawk” Minnesota for ya

    • Joecashflow

      Smallish but gets to the ball.

    • BenderMcLugh

      He looks good – in college – but he just looks … small. He can play, but I hope more than I expect. I hope he’s great.

      Said the same about Lach

      • leftcoastdave

        Had to be Fangio’s pick. Gotta respect the decision.

        • Malice Halice

          Had to have been his incentive to stay here.

          • SC Dave

            That’s what I was thinking…”Hang out Vic, and our #1 pick will be your guy.”

        • BenderMcLugh

          I love the pick, disagree with the assertion he’s small etc.

    • More than a few of us were/are def worried about his size and his tape of getting washed out of runs.

      And it’s not as if Floyd is a hammer either.

      Maybe Pace saw what the Eagles were doing and decided he needs speed over girth and length.

      • SC Dave

        That’s definitely not what she said.

        • Malice Halice

          That gave me a tickle!

  • AlbertInTucson

    “The entire NFL Draft could be taken care of in a quick email”-Katie Rich

    “Correct” – Da Bears Blog

    Well aren’t WE the smug ones.

    Yeah, a quick email.

    THAT’S how the NFL makes BILLIONS annually and how they have kicked baseball and basketball to the curb over the last few decades.

    BTW, who in hell is Katie Rich?

    SMH.

    • SC Dave

      Someone whose favor Jeff wishes to curry, perhaps?

      • burntorangenavyblue

        I think it is weird that Jeff uses his Twitter that has an NFL team name and it insinuates FOOTBALL, but uses it for all of his other opinions, stance, and non sports life arena. I get that he owns it, but most people assume a Twitter handle, especially one like DaBearBlog, is a straight up BEARS related media feed. Sometimes, many of us wish to get the straight shooting, quick headline news about the Bears, not politics, not world affairs, and not anything playwright affiliated.

        • Don’t forget golf, cats and soccer!

        • KentuckyBearsFan

          my opinion is that he is a human being, even with things I disagree with.

          • burntorangenavyblue

            Which is fine and dandy and we all have random convos in the threads not football related. But with how accurate and reliable this site and Twitter is with Bears news and analysis…I have two kids now (2 yrs old and a 5 month old), I don’t want to turn away from this site bc of all that other babble in the headlines or Twitter feed. Ain’t nobody got time for dat. Can’t stand Sports MSM either, all junk.

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            I understand. I wouldn’t have the time for that if I was you.

            But if procrastination was a profession, I would be President. For lIfe.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        She’s a comedian. works on SNL

        • AlbertInTucson

          So, her tweet was supposed to be funny?

          SNL’s SUPPOSED to be funny, too, isn’t it?

      • AlbertInTucson

        I am compelled to to respond to the most ridiculous ones.

        I only do it on the blog as I, myself, do not tweet.

  • ButtonShoes

    OK Pace. You didn’t fuck up Day 1. Now go and lock in Harold Landry for Day 2.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    So glad we drafted the black version of Chicken Dinner.

  • leftcoastdave

    Crazy first round and don’t know who I like as a fit at the top of the second. I’d say Sam Hubbard at Edge from OSU if he gets past the Browns and the only other PON is OL where there are a ton cheaper.
    Hopefully the second round trade down happens again.

    • KentuckyBearsFan

      I’m surprised the Browns haven’t drafted L. Ron Hubbard yet.

  • Doc Nitty

    Well, I’ve never been much of s draft nerd and I don’t follow college ball that closely (or the NFL lately) but outside of Nelson or Barkley (and I knew Barkley would be gone), I was hoping for Smith.

    Let’s hope he’s the next in a proud tradition of LB studs)

    MmmmBearssss

    • SC Dave

      Since we’re talking hope here, I hope you’re right.

      I just don’t have confidence that Smith is “the guy”. So on the hope side, hopefully, I’m wrong.

    • Irish Sweetness

      ‘Sup Doc ….

      • Doc Nitty

        Sup my Mick brotha?

        • Irish Sweetness

          All good on day one!

  • ButtonShoes

    “Sam Farmer‏ @LATimesfarmer

    Josh Rosen on being drafted 10th: “There were nine mistakes ahead of me.””

    Roquan, I hope you heard this. Week 3 you put a bullseye on this dude and make him regret ever becoming a football player.

    • KentuckyBearsFan

      I’ve watched no game tape of the guy.

      But Rosen sounds like a douche.

      • He sorta is, but that’s most QBs.

        “QBs are overpaid, overrated, pompous bastards and must be punished.” – Buddy Ryan

        • KentuckyBearsFan

          Trubisky doesn’t. He’s a guy a fan can root for.

          I would put Aaron Rodgers with a similar demeanor.

          • That Guy

            “Butt fuck Bret Favre? Believe me, I tried!”
            –Aaron Rodgers

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    Mel Tucker has been Smiths DC the last couple years. Just think about that a bit.

    • KentuckyBearsFan

      oh that sentence hurts.

    • burntorangenavyblue

      Like, stare at a Jumbotron type thinking? No thanks!

    • BerwynBomber

      The pee on Cheerio’s post of the night.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        I am really unsure why you guys took that as a negative. If he was good enough to be drafted #8 overall with a crappy college coach, just imagine what he can do with a good coach.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Interesting. Both the Queens and Fudgers draft corners in the first. They’re worried about Mitch-Air.

    • lol I wish.

      More worried about the ariel assaults of the Saints, Eagles, Rams and Falcons.

      • Irish Sweetness

        I’ve got Mitchy for 12,000 yahds … over 400 touchdowns … with zero interceptions ….

    • BerwynBomber

      MIN DBs are fucking beastly. Two PBers in Smith and Rhodes. A decent, solid guy in Sendehou and now Hughes.

      Plus, Waynes will compete. Just not as good as many thought coming out of college.

  • Irish Sweetness

    FWIW – Roquan Smith was #4 on Mayock’s board.

  • KentuckyBearsFan

    maybe we got lucky

    Daft Punk: Get Lucky

  • BerwynBomber

    WTH … for shits …

    I have the first round gold as a tie between SD and PHI. SD gets D. James at #17, which seems like excellent value.

    PHI gets two seconds and a fourth for Lamar at #32.

    • TB too getting those two 2nds right before us. Fuck.

      • BerwynBomber

        Good point.

        Hell, I thought the Cheese might steal the 1st round when they traded back. But Alexander? Good to address a screaming need but he’s undersized and injured.

    • burntorangenavyblue

      Think Pace’s age and not so large of a connection thread is hurting his ability to score decent trades and picks with other teams?

      I’m sure he’s well connected, but it isn’t really shining through at the moment

    • Irish Sweetness

      We got Mayock’s #4 … four spots lower … not bad.

      I just hope it’s Sam Mills we drafted.

  • I wonder who the mystery target for the trade up was for Pace towards the end of the 1st?

  • burntorangenavyblue

    What was this historic event that was supposed to occur in this year’s draft, according to Adam Schefter tweeted?

    • I’m guessing Shazier walking on stage.

      • burntorangenavyblue

        I missed that somehow.

        Geez…I admire that he is recovering well….But the Draft has become a full blown ADHD event. Way way way too much going on.

        • Yeah, they turned it into the Golden Globes + SB

          Shazier walking out there would scare the shit out of me as a player.
          He looked like he was gonna crumple in pain. Crazy.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Roger Staubach said he found out he was drafted by reading it in the newspaper.

    • BerwynBomber

      Four QBs taken in the top 10?

      They said that had never happened before.

      • burntorangenavyblue

        LOL

        • KentuckyBearsFan

          i’m thinking all those guys will suck besides Josh Allen and later Lamar Jackson.

          Josh has the arm.

          Lamar has will.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Den of thieves. Heist flick. Crew tries to take down the Federal Reserve bank of LA. Hats off for choice of bank anyway. Good entertainment. Michael Mann’s Heat … on steroids.

    • KentuckyBearsFan

      all of American income taxes go to pay interest.

      CPI and inflation indexes are camouflages. If you look up what federal income was collected in a relatively modern economy like 1960 and compared it to the taxes collected today, people would go holy ****.

      The 20 trillion dollar debt isn’t that bad. Onlt 1 trillion is to China. Most of the rest is home-owed to government and corporate pension funds.

      Ever hear of Catherine Austin Fitts? She was on Wall Street and worked for HUD creating a neighborhood by neighborhood database before her higher ups raided her office.

  • Irish Sweetness

    Pace on pick.

    • KentuckyBearsFan

      “hits with impact.”

      I like that.

      Pace has a nice tie. Bad jacket though.

      (though I haven’t worn a tie or jacket since graduating high school, so who am I to say)

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