By: Jimmie Sykes
The Chicago Bears did just enough in this year's draft. Taking the best available players at the time of their picks. They even traded up for a pick. All in all, this has been a successful draft for the Bears.
Taking the best players at the time
At number 8, the Bears took Roquan Smith off the board. He is the best coverage linebacker in the draft, and a true leader. At only 20 years old, it's nothing but time for him to grow. This is player that can grow well under defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. Leonard Floyd is proof to the growth that is possible for Smith. Next to Trevathan on this defense, it can be a scary LB duo in Chicago.
Chicago traded with the New England Patriots to take WR Anthony Miller from the University of Memphis at 51. Miller has great upside and can be special in this league. He has big play capability and can be used in many of ways in this offense. With Tarik Cohen, Taylor Gabriel, Jordan Howard, and Allen Robinson, Miller can be effective.
James Daniel was taken 39th by the Bears. After Josh Sitton left Chicago, a big gap was placed in this offensive line. Daniel is young, but he is set to be a fill in immediately from the looks of it. He will see some guard and center, after Cody Whitehair missed time in the middle. Long, Daniel, and Whitehair will make for a sturdy lineman trio. Run the bull heavy this year, I suggest.
Putting it all together.
This team is young with good enough depth to make plays on both sides of the ball. A great deal of this team's success will fall on the shoulders of QB Mitch Tribisky. That's just how it is. This defense was a top defense in the league last year, who is only getter better. The Bears haven't been to the playoffs since 2010, and has been at the bottom of the totem pole since. With one of the best offseason's I've ever seen for Chicago, I'm ready to see what the future holds.