Daniels would have been the first interior lineman selected in the first round, although Scherff moved to guard in his first pro season.
A native of Warren, Ohio, Daniels is the 16th Hawkeye offensive lineman drafted since 2003. "That's his strength. We believe he has that". He started 23 games at center during his sophomore and junior seasons.
"He's undersized, so in pass protection, the way he uses his hands and plays with leverage, he has to do that, or he wouldn't be in the NFL", Daniels said of Kelce. In order to get respect, you've got to work for it. "He's thick in the lower body; he's powerful in the lower body". We feel like there's still a lot of upside ahead of this player, as young as he is. This draft makes such an immediate impact on the the depth chart I asked Pace if he agreed with my opinion he had taken more accomplished, NFL-ready players with what scouts call higher "floors" than in previous years.
The Bears took Daniels with the 39th overall pick.
"This area, there's not a lot going on around here", Miller said.
Chris Trapasso: Ferocious on every snap. That effort, it's just fun to watch, especially at that position, how hard he plays; not just in the passing game but also blocking and run-after-catch. Taking Smith eighth overall was the obvious choice as they nabbed one of the surest things in the draft. The Memphis Tigers' all-time leader in receiving yards and touchdowns could contribute right away to the Bears' slot receiver. The Bears investigated Fitts' injury history (foot surgery, ankle sprain, shoulder sprain) and found nothing that knocked him off their board.
"He's got good route savvy, good route quickness", Pace said.
Pace is on a roll, and those are things we know.
The Bears came into the offseason with a ton of needs.
The Bears didn't get Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson on the first night of the draft so they went after help on the line in the second round Friday night. Roseman did well in free agency and then added onto that start with a draft class that should pay dividends now and down the road.
"The Iowa guys are always going to be quick and proficient, but you have to see them tested against power because they are usually going to be a little smaller, too", an anonymous NFL team college scouting director told NFL.com. "When you turn on the tape, it just jumps out, the way he plays; just a real physical, downhill style".