Chicago Bears Draft James Daniels

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With the Bears adding seven players in the draft and expected to sign several undrafted free agents, the circles on the white floor-to-ceiling dry-erase board in Nagy's office is being filled with names.

The Bears took Iowa center James Daniels and Memphis receiver Anthony Miller on Friday night, giving prized quarterback Mitch Trubisky more protection and another target. The Kirk Ferentz tree of offensive line coaches is phenomenal. After last season, the Bears chose not to exercise the $8 million option on 2017 starting left guard, Josh Sitton. No different than Eric Kush.

The Bears' first pick on Day Three, Western Kentucky LB Joel Iyiegbuniwe, projects to inside in the Bears' 3-4 defense and is expected to provide immediate help on special teams.

The Bears land one of the best receivers in this draft. Whitehair can move back to his college position of guard to accommodate Daniels in the middle. Move along and check out my grades for the Bears' 2018 NFL Draft class.

Over the past three seasons, Daniels was a starter for Iowa.

"When Ryan and I first got together and we started formulating a plan of how we wanted to go about this", Nagy said, "we mentioned about adding pieces offensively and that's what we've done, and now it's up to us as coaches to make it happen and it's up to the players when we get on the field to make it happen".

In James Daniels, the Chicago Bears take a versatile offensive lineman who will start his career as a guard. That's a position we've talked about, but again, you can't force it.

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"I'm glad we attacked needs, " Pace said at the end of the third round.

The same critics who gave Pace Cs and Ds after drafting Trubisky last year gave him As and Bs this year: NFL.com (A), Sports Illustrated (A), USA Today (A), the New York Post (A), the Sporting News (B+), ESPN's Mel Kiper (B+) and the Washington Post (B). The Bears could use a backup, considering their only other quarterbacks are Chase Daniel and Tyler Bray.

In 2016, Daniels earned third team All-Big Ten honors.

"Really has a great size-speed combination that we value", Pace said. "He had like 500 total yards against us and we lost, 42-35".

"Whenever you're watching Iowa offensive linemen, you know you're going to get a technique-proficient guy", NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said.

"If I got within that range, I'll be really happy", Fitts told The Tribune last week.

"One common denominator that Matt and I have stressed is just the high character and football intelligence", Pace said.

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