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#122 Dash To The Draft XXVII: NFC North Draft Recap with Aaron Leming
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1. It is very fitting that the year Brian Urlacher gets enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Bears selected a guy many believe to be a generational talent at the LB position in Roquan Smith. How excited should Bears fans be about Roquan Smith and does he have a high enough ceiling as a player in order to be the next great Hall of Fame-caliber linebacker in Bears history along with Butkus, Singletary and Urlacher?
2. After missing out on Quenton Nelson is the first round, the Bears had to be giddy that another special OL talent in Iowa C James Daniels fell to them in the second round. Pairing Daniels up with Cody Whitehair and a healthy Kyle Long can give the Bears one of the best interior offensive lines in the entire NFL. Mike Mayock suggested right after the pick was made that the Bears should slide Daniels into his most natural position at the pivot while kicking Cody Whitehair out to guard. However, the Bears plan is to keep Whitehair at center and have Daniels play left guard. What is your preferred plan for James Daniels: Mayock’s plan or the Bears’ plan?
3. Arguably the biggest splash the Bears made in the draft was trading up approximately 50 spots and surrendering their 2019 second-round pick to take Memphis WR Anthony Miller. Based on Miller’s talent alone, this was more than a fair price for the Bears to pay…just watch the UCLA game to realize how special Miller is. However, his injury history is giving me second thoughts about this move. Miller is coming off a Jones fracture in his foot, and as we saw in the past with Kevin Durant and Sammy Watkins, the rate of re-injury is high for this particular malady. What do you say to Bears fans that fear that this is Kevin White 2.0 all over again?
4. Which one of the Bears day three picks are you personally excited about the most long-term and why?
5. The Packers and new GM Brian Gutekunst made it a priority to address their chronic troubles in pass defense in this draft and they began to solve that problem in the first round with their selection of Louisville CB Jaire Alexander. Many analysts, including Mike Mayock had him as the top-rated corner in this class. Did you see any attributes to his game on tape that justify why Mayock and others felt that way about Alexander?
6. The Packers doubled down on corner in round two with Iowa ballhawk Josh Jackson. While Jackson has arguably the best ball skills of any corner in this draft, he is still relatively new to the position and struggled moving in space at the Combine, which was a big reason why he slid out of the first round. Would it be better for the Packers to have him in more of a situational role as opposed to a starting role this season?
7. On Day 3 of the draft, the Packers tripled down at WR with height/weight/speed specimens in J’Mon Moore (Missouri), Marquez Valdes-Scantling (South Florida) and Equanimeous St. Brown (Notre Dame). Of those three big-bodied receivers, which one is most likely to win the trust of Aaron Rodgers?
8. The Lions added who they hope is the final piece of a potential top-five offensive line in Arkansas C Frank Ragnow with their first round selection. But like the Bears and James Daniels, the Lions have an interesting decision on whether to put Ragnow at guard or center. If you were Matt Patricia, at which of those two positions would you make Frank Ragnow play this season?
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