Bears select Iowa's James Daniels in 2018 NFL Draft

View from the Moon Considerations hypotheticals as draft time looms

View from the Moon Considerations hypotheticals as draft time looms

"We value his position versatility", Bears G.M. Ryan Pace said of Daniels.

In a shocking trade, the Chicago Bears moved up to the 51st overall pick, giving the New England Patriots their 2019 second-round pick and one of their 2018 fourth-round picks to select Memphis wide receiver Anthony Miller. Nagy hired an innovative offensive coordinator, Mark Helfrich, and a respected old-school offensive line coach, Harry Hiestand. No different than Eric Kush.

The Bears needed help at guard with Josh Sitton gone and with Kyle Long recovering from ankle, shoulder and neck surgeries. They have one pick in each of Saturday's final four rounds, but it's rare to find quality edge rushers so late in the draft. No draft can be accurately graded for two or three years or more.

He started two games at left guard as an Iowa freshman and 25 at center in 2016 and 2017.

In James Daniels, the Chicago Bears take a versatile offensive lineman who will start his career as a guard. "But we also took the best players on the board at need positions". While Daniels doesn't have great size, he is very strong and team sources are raving about his heavy hands with the ability to sustain blocks while getting movement at the point of attack.

The 6-foot-3, 306-pound Daniels has 33¾-inch arms and was a two-year starter for the Hawkeyes and coach Kirk Ferentz, who has sent numerous linemen to the National Football League since he took over the Iowa program in 1999.

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).

"He's a physical, fast, athletic, highly intelligent player", Pace said. If it turns out that Daniels is snapping the ball to Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky, they already have history. He was named third team All-Big Ten. "He had like 500 total yards against us and we lost, 42-35".

"It was pretty fun, watching the draft and seeing players that I was at the combine with, from high school", Daniels said.

"I think you learn from all these experiences", Pace said.

"I've played inside and outside", he said.

The Bears finished up a busy 2018 NFL Draft by taking outside linebackers Joel Iyiegbuniwe and Kylie Fitts, defensive lineman Bilal Nichols, and wide receiver Javon Wims. Things that stand out with this player is quickness, leverage, balance (and) excellent technique in pass protection.

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