Bears trade up, add Memphis receiver

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The stats aren't eye-popping (23 tackles, three sacks in his final season) and his durability does raise a lot of red flags, however, his swiftness and explosiveness would have warranted a third or fourth round pick barring injuries.

Keep in mind that everything's relative. In the aftermath of a 5-11 season he was criticized for pushing the reset button in firing John Fox and getting a contract extension. When he got drafted by the Bears a year ago I was excited for him. Every move addressed glaring needs and put the Bears in position to flirt with.500 in a league defined by parity.

When the Bears' seventh-round pick came out of high school, he had to go to NAIA Belhaven after only one year of high school football and because of poor grades. "The whole building's energized".

Daniels should provide immediate help on the offensive line.

Fitts, the 181st overall pick, was the first Utes player selected in the draft. Everything revolved around helping Trubisky succeed. The Bears did, in fact, find a way to trade back into the second round and take Memphis wide receiver Anthony Miller. "So we felt really, really good about that pick".

James Daniels didn't hear his name called on Day No. 1 of the NFL Draft, but he didn't have to wait too long during the second round. That's a position we've talked about, but again, you can't force it.

Daniels was the best center in this draft, although Pace said the Bears will start him out at left guard, and nearly no receivers in this draft have had more buzz around them than Miller.

"I'm putting that on hold and just trying to play as long as I can (with) the gift that God gave me", he said.

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"We think he's big enough, especially when you look at his lower body", Pace said.

"I would say that it's just the way our board fell", Pace said.

Considered by some to be the best center in the draft, Daniels watched Thursday night as fellow centers Billy Price and Frank Ragnow were picked in the first round. 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. Trubisky threw for five touchdowns and ran for one to lead Mentor over Warren G. Harding in 2012. He also possesses an abundance of confidence, on display in the open letter to NFL GMs published last week in The Players' Tribune.

"I'm more than a receiver".

Hopefully, Miller's hands are as strong as his ego.

"He's got good route savvy, good route quickness", Pace said.

It bodes well for the new reality.

The franchise perception has shifted.

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