NFL Draft Pre-Gamin' (7:00 CT): Bears Picks, Broadcast Info, Draft Thread, More (Update: Bears Take LB Roquan Smith)

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NFL Draft Pre-Gamin’ (7:00 CT): Bears Picks, Broadcast Info, Draft Thread, More (Update: Bears Take LB Roquan Smith)

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UPDATE (Post to Follow): The Bears have selected Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith with the eighth overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

There have been 116 days since the NFL season came to an end and we officially went on draft watch. But we’ve made it. Finally.

Our long journey begins to wind down to its end this evening with the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

It’s the last phase of what has been a critical offseason of change for the Chicago Bears. The franchise is armed with a new head coach in Matt Nagy, a general manager in Ryan Pace who has a fresh extension and a new lease on life as a football talent evaluator, and a slew of free agent additions hoping to turn it around in 2018.

The Bears have needs at pass rusher, offensive line, wide receiver, at linebacker, and in the secondary entering this weekend. Ideally, Pace uses this weekend to add some potential long-term solutions to positions that have been problematic to fill in recent years.

Pace’s first two drafts were solid. The third will be judged on how Mitch Trubisky performs moving forward. Trubisky’s play moving forward very well could hinge on who the Bears draft this weekend.

Let the games begin.

Draft Info

Location: AT&T Stadium; Arlington, Texas

Dates and rounds: April 26 (Round 1), April 27 (Rounds 2-3), April 28 (Rounds 4-7)

Round 1 start time: 7 p.m. CT

How to watch/stream: ESPN, ESPN2, FOX, NFL Network

Bears Picks

  • Round 1, Pick 8
  • Round 2, Pick 39
  • Round 4, Pick 105
  • Round 4, Pick 115
  • Round 5, Pick 145
  • Round 6, Pick 181
  • Round 7, Pick 224

As a reminder, the Bears do not have a third-round pick as it was sent to San Francisco in the Mitch Trubisky trade last year. Had the Bears not made that deal, they would be owners of the sixth pick in the third round – which happens to be the 70th overall selection.

First-Round Order

  1. Cleveland Browns
  2. New York Giants
  3. New York Jets (via Indianapolis Colts)
  4. Cleveland Browns (via Houston Texans)
  5. Denver Broncos
  6. Indianapolis Colts (via New York Jets)
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  8. Chicago Bears
  9. San Francisco 49ers
  10. Oakland Raiders
  11. Miami Dolphins
  12. Buffalo Bills (via Cincinnati Bengals)
  13. Washington Redskins
  14. Green Bay Packers
  15. Arizona Cardinals
  16. Baltimore Ravens
  17. Los Angeles Chargers
  18. Seattle Seahawks
  19. Dallas Cowboys
  20. Detroit Lions
  21. Cincinnati Bengals (via Buffalo Bills)
  22. Buffalo Bills (via Kansas City Chiefs)
  23. New England Patriots (via Los Angeles Rams)
  24. Carolina Panthers
  25. Tennessee Titans
  26. Atlanta Falcons
  27. New Orleans Sants
  28. Pittsburgh Steelers
  29. Jacksonville Jaguars
  30. Minnesota Vikings
  31. New England Patriots
  32. Philadelphia Eagles

Draft Thread

Your draft thread is down in the comments, so let’s have some good, clean (safe-for-work) fun. Can’t wait to do this again when games actually matter with a coaching staff that is ready to unveil some new and exciting offensive concepts.

Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.