Bears draft grades

The Hot Corner column: With the NFL draft complete our experts look at the Bears performance through all seven rounds.


The Bears picks:

8th overall, Roquan Smith, LB

39th overall, James Daniels, C

51st overall, Anthony Miller, WR

115th overall, Joel Iyiegbuniwe, LB

145th overall, Bilal Nichols, DT

181st overall, Kylie Fitts, DE

224th overall, Javon Wims, WR


Blaise’s grades
Overall grade A-

The Bears scooped up one of the top linebackers and centers in the draft. With each pick the Bears moved closer to filling a need they had in the past few seasons. Heading into the draft the Bears needed pass rushers, offensive lineman and help in the linebacking core, which had injury problems in 2017. And the Bears drafted exactly that. 

The crop of rookies Ryan Pace and company brought in certainly light up the highlight reels and all for a reasonable price. The Bears did not reach for any picks, and when they traded up to the 51st pick, it was a reasonable deal.

Now the Bears have depth at linebacker and wide receiver—which is a breath of fresh air after last season. Even with good feelings surrounding their draft, I was not the biggest fan of selecting two wide receivers and an interior and exterior lineman. But I do appreciate the talent the Bears now have, and Ryan Pace has earned Bears' fans trust. And to be fair, I said the same thing when the team selected Jordan Howard. 


Jake’s Grades
Bears’ Overall Grade A

This is a great draft, one of the best in the league, and I’m no negative Nancy like Blaise, so I can recognize that. (Blaise almost gave them a B+) 

Roquan Smith will instantly lead an up and coming defense to prominence and Daniels and Miller will make the OL and WR positions on offense a strength. I think Javon Wims is a good value and decent, but the defensive picks in Day 3 really stand out to me as talented and not too bad, which will become great depth.  

All the pieces are there, Mitch Trubisky is now on the clock…

Read my Good, Bad and the Ugly draft article coming to you soon.


Ethan’s Grades:
Bears Overall Grade A

There were questions on how well Ryan Pace would do in the draft, and he did nothing but ace this thing. The Bears had one of the best drafts in the entire league, and started off by getting the best Linebacker in the Draft in Roquan Smith.


Smith is super fast, great open-field tackler and can be the next great Chicago Bear Linebacker. The Bears started off with a bang, and only added on to that. In the second round they got center James Daniels from Iowa, and WR Anthony Miller from Memphis. Daniels is a good quality center with good size and mobility.

He will be able to come in and help center that line in front of Mitch Trubisky. Then you have Miller who was super productive at Memphis, and will be a really nice compliment to Taylor Gabriel and  Allen Robinson. The Bears continued to build on there already great draft by selecting Linebacker Joey Lyiegbuniwe 115th overall, Defensive Tackle Bilal Nichols 145th overall, defensive end Kylie Fitts `181st overall and WR Javon Wims with the 224 overall pick. All are very solid selections, including Kylie Fitts out of Utah who is strong and powerful off the edge.

He had some injury issues the last couple years, but when this guy is healthy he can make a big impact from either side. Wims is also a solid WR pick up late in the draft and will help add depth to the Bears WR core. The Bears come out of the draft with one of the best in the league, they got there guys who are all very talented and great picks. And filled the needs they needed to fill. The Chicago Bears came, saw, and conquered the 2018 draft.