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2018 Bears mock draft: Chicago selects LB Roquan Smith 8th overall

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With the 8th pick in the POD Community Mock, the Chicago Bears select...

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It is widely known across the Detroit Lions fandom that #WeOwnTheBears. But commenter 3igB1ue3ilver can take things a step further, because he owns the Chicago Bears’ eighth overall pick. He is the acting general manager for the Bears for the second year in a row.

With his first round pick 3igB1ue3ilver has selected linebacker Roquan Smith from Georgia. Here’s his rationale for the pick:

Quenton Nelson was going to be the obvious selection here but after narrowly missing out, as the Bears GM I turned my attention to upgrading the defensive back seven.

This one came down to either Smith or Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds. Edmunds is a huge freakishly athletic linebacker. Yet at 19 years old, he is still raw in his pass rush technique and doesn’t possess the instincts necessary to be a top-10 pick. Smith is a high-character, plug-and-play inside linebacker that flies sideline-to-sideline with the instincts to allow him to make plays all over the field.

Currently Danny Trevathan and Nick Kwiatkoski are the starters, both of whom struggle to stay healthy, and Trevathan is already 28-going-on-40 in injury years, it seems. Smith allows the Bears to get healthier, younger, cheaper, overall more reliable at the center of one of the league’s better defenses. Expect him to be making plays all over the field for the next 10 years.

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