The Chicago Bears continued what has been a useful off-season with a number of strong picks in the NFL Draft, held 11 days ago at the AT & T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
With an obvious and glaring need for help at offensive guard it was easy for most pre-draft prognosticators to envision the Bears selecting Notre Dame prospect Quenton Nelson.
Considered to be the best pure talent in the Draft, but at a position rarely considered as one of value, Nelson was wisely selected by the Indianapolis Colts a couple of selections before the Bears picked eighth overall.
After the Bills jumped up to #7 to select quarterback Josh Allen, Chicago was left with pretty much the pick of the remaining cream of the top players with Allen, Sam Darnold and Baker Mayfield already taken because they were quarterbacks and not because of overall ranking.
Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith was expected to go to the Oakland Raiders with the #10 pick, although there were at least a couple of pre-draft projections that suggested the linebacker-needy Colts would pull the trigger, and in part allow Nelson to slip further.
Instead the Bears wisely took Smith, who has significant football instinct.
Moving on down to the second round and Chicago may well have plugged their guard problem with an unconventional pick.
Iowa center James Daniels was widely considered a first-round talent and his selection with the seventh pick in the second round was one of excellent value.
Given the fundamentals taught by the Hawkeyes, it may well be that Daniels can play guard in the short term and address the Bears' need.
Chicago can be backed at 1.01 to win NFC North next season, with the Minnesota Vikings 17.00 and the Green Bay Packers 501.00.
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