While we’re all still soaking in the moment of the Chicago Bears taking Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith – arguably the best linebacker prospect in the draft and the best defensive player on the board, let’s take a quick look at who is hopefully going to be the franchise’s next stud inside linebacker:
Speed? Check. Instincts? Yep. Tackling ability? Got it. Playmaking skills? You betcha.
Yeah, Smith’s highlights are as impressive as you might expect. Most impressive, indeed.
The Bears didn’t land the top-tier pass-rusher or an offensive lineman who can protect Mitch Trubisky in the first round, but drafting the best defensive player on the board who was an All-American talent who excelled in college football’s most competitive conference is nothing to sneeze at if you’re looking at the big picture. After three drafts where GM Ryan Pace rolled the disk with a high-risk, high-upside picks, the team ends up with one of the “safest” prospects. And it turns out his upside looks to be pretty high, too.