PFF Draft Grade
Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:41 pm
1 (8) Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia, 90.8
2 (39) James Daniels, C, Iowa, 89.0
2 (51) Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis, 86.8
4 (115) Joel Iyiegbuniwe, LB, WKU, 82.5
5 (145) Bilal Nichols, DI, Delaware, n/a
6 (181) Kylie Fitts, Edge, Utah, 78.7
7 (224) Javon Wims, WR, Georgia, 81.8
Day 1: Chicago selected the top linebacker on PFF’s draft board and a perfect linebacker for the 2018 NFL in Roquan Smith out of Georgia. Smith has special coverage skills and the potential to become one of the game’s best coverage linebackers – players that can legitimately change games and be the difference between winning and losing. Smith also has impressive sideline-to-sideline range and the ability to find the ball, with 74 defensive stops in 2017 second in the nation. Smith may not have the size and bulk of some of the other linebackers to be drafted after him, but the game doesn’t require 250-pound linebackers anymore, and his playmaking ability more than makes up for any lack of size. Smith was one of the top players on our board and a solid choice this high.
Day 2: Chicago’s offensive line is in flux at the moment with personnel moves, so the addition of James Daniels at center from Iowa should go some way to stabilizing it. Daniels earned an overall PFF grade of 89.0 in 2017 and comes from an offense that is very pro-oriented when it comes to run concepts. His overall play strength can be questionable, but his agility is impressive and he has an outstanding feel for zone blocking. Allowed just 10 total pressures in 2017. In the third round they snagged Anthony Miller out of Memphis, to add yet another weapon to the offense for Mitchell Trubisky to throw to. Miller is a poor man’s Odell Beckham Jr. with the skills to play far bigger than his size.
Day 3: The Bears grabbed a small school interior defensive lineman in Bilal Nichols out of Delaware and he graded well in the limited games we have for him at PFF, and had an impressive East West Shrine game, notching a sack and two hurries in that game. In the sixth round, they drafted Kylie Fitts to add pass-rush from Utah. Fitts has played just 500 snaps over the past two years, but in 2015, he had eight sacks and 41 total pressures.
Overall grade: Good