The Bears began Day Two of the draft with just one pick (39th overall) in the second and third rounds, but they swung a trade to add another second-rounder (at 51) and addressed two areas of need. Veteran John Jenkins is the backup to Goldman at the nose, but Nichols could work there - Rashaad Coward has moved to the O-line - or he can be a five-technique, where the Bears will look to fill the void left by Unrein.
Smith was one of 50 draft-eligible players highlighted in Vikings.com's Prospect Profiles series before the draft.
It waited until the sixth round on Saturday. At the end of the second round, the Bears had three new players ready to contribute on the field.
Smith won the 2017 Butkus Award (nation's top linebacker) and was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year, helping the Bulldogs advance to the College Football Playoff National Championship. That was a bit of a change from 2016 and 2017, when he took linebacker Leonard Floyd and Trubisky in the first round. He's now the eighth Iowa offensive lineman drafted in the first three rounds and the 17th offensive lineman picked under Ferentz.
Standout wide receivers at Iowa State (Allen Lazard) and Northern Iowa (Daurice Fountain) are also favorites to hear their names called into the National Football League ranks before the seven-round draft concludes on Saturday. "I don't go into the games expecting to talk too much smack, but I believe you've got to have that in your toolbox in order to play this game". And the draft was another indication that after years of post-Lovie dysfunction, the Bears' arrow finally is pointing up.
The past two years with the Tigers, he averaged 1,448 yards and 16 touchdowns. On Saturday, they picked Western Kentucky linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe in the fourth round, DE defensive tackle Bilal Nichols in the fifth round, Utah defensive end Kylie Fitts in the sixth round and Georgia wide receiver Javon Wims in the seventh round. "Unless you're a Pro Bowler, you're not going to play just one position, so it doesn't really matter where they have me". "They were just lingering injuries that just prevented me from playing to my potential".
Going undrafted until the final round gave Georgia's Wims a familiar overlooked feeling. In Justin Fuente and Paxton Lynch's previous year at Memphis, Miller caught 47 balls for 694 yards and five touchdowns. Ginn helped recruit Nichols to Delaware.