Bilal Nichols chosen by Chicago Bears in fifth round of NFL Draft

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Bilal Nichols chosen by Chicago Bears in fifth round of NFL Draft

But in the context of the Bears' futility in the post-Lovie Smith era, the nearly universal day-after acclaim for Pace's 2018 draft is in itself a step forward for a team that has been so easy to bash - and deservedly so - in recent seasons.

Daniels' Raiders and Trubisky's Mentor Cardinals met in the OHSAA playoffs when both were in high school. It shows that they really wanted me. "In 2012, if you would have asked six years ago that I'd be blocking for him, I would say you're lying. Those are some of the things that helped me become successful". "We do that [reach block] a lot at Iowa, so I have to be good at the outside zone and with reach blocks".

At Memphis, the 5-foot-11, 201-pound Miller caught 191 passes over the past two seasons for 2,896 yards and 32 touchdowns.

Daniels is the third member of his family to make it to the NFL.

Daniels was the 39th player picked overall.

Daniels teamed with his older brother, LeShun Daniels, Jr., at Iowa from 2015-16. Led by first-year Head Coach Matt Nagy, who played quarterback at DE from 1997-2000, the Bears have also added Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith (8) and Western Kentucky linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe (115) to their defense.

Prior to declaring on January 5, Daniels received a second-round grade from the NFL Advisory Committee. No different than James Daniel. He played center at an All-Big Ten League level in 2017.

Daniels started 25 of 37 games played with the Hawkeyes including 23 at center from 2016-17.

Iyiegbuniwe (6-1, 230) spent four years at WKU, playing three, and left after this past season as a redshirt-junior. James Daniels was orginally a guard and made nine appearances and started twice as a freshman.

The Chicago Bears entered the draft with two picks in the first three rounds.

Fitts called the injuries the reason he dropped from a projected pick in the third or fifth rounds to the sixth. That means Cody Whitehair will be snapping the ball to Trubisky after bouncing between center and guard over two seasons.

The Bears needed help at guard with Josh Sitton gone and with Kyle Long recovering from ankle, shoulder and neck surgeries.

He brings great energy and Pace always leans towards character over great talent, so it's not a surprise to see Nichols on the Bears' radar but over more obvious needs makes this pick feel a little out of left field. They closed out the draft in the seventh round by taking another target for quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, Georgia wide receiver Javon Wims.

They signed versatile tight end Trey Burton, who threw a touchdown to quarterback Nick Foles in Philadelphia's Super Bowl win over New England.

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