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Bears trade up to get the 51st pick and select....

Anthony Miller  WR   Memphis

 

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Now Pace is doing what I thought he would do.......C James Daniels, medical concerns but great athlete that can play both center and guard. Whitehair to stay at Center for now!

WR Anthony Miller, Pre-existing foot injury which caused him to possibly drop to the second round. So another great Pace bargain bin find. Kid looks good and has skills. His after catch burst is his best attribute.

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I know nothing about this kid. Never heard of him until right now. Time to get hyped on all of those highlight reels out there.

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I know nothing about this kid. Never heard of him until right now. Time to get hyped on all of those highlight reels out there.

Bears gave up their 2019 2d round pick for this kid. Hope he is worth it. Also hope that 2d rounder is a late 2d round pick!

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Bears will put James Daniels at left guard

Posted by Josh Alper on April 28, 2018, 11:50 AM EDT
 

The Bears took one of the top-rated centers in this year’s draft class in the second round on Friday night, but James Daniels won’t be starting his pro career at that position.

General Manager Ryan Pace said on Friday night that the plan is for Daniels to start his Bears career at left guard. Chicago has an opening at that spot after declining Josh Sitton‘s option this offseason and Cody Whitehair returns after 32 straight starts the last two seasons.

Pace also said the team thinks Daniels, who turns 21 in September, will grow as a player in the coming years.

“We feel there’s still a lot of upside ahead, as young as he is,” Pace said, via the Chicago Tribune. “You see these offensive linemen kind of get caught in awkward positions. He has the ability to recover and maintain his balance. Some guys awkwardly go down in those moments, he doesn’t do that.”

Daniels was one of two offensive players drafted on Friday with wide receiver Anthony Miller coming 12 picks later in the second round. That continues an offseason devoted to fleshing out the lineup around quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who once beat Daniels’ team in a high school playoff game, in his second season.

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It’s easy to get carried away on draft weekend, to get sucked into a prospect’s college highlight tape and to fall hook, line and sinker for best-case scenario comparisons. That’s dangerous, of course. But screw it. That’s also part of the fun this time of year.

So it’s at least worth mentioning that Memphis receiver Anthony Miller, the must-have playmaker the Bears traded back into the second round to draft Friday, has been likened to Antonio Brown.

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“I want to be my own guy,” Miller said Friday night. “I’m Anthony Miller at the end of the day. I don’t want to be compared to anyone. I believe I have attributes and skills that a lot of players can say they have.”

Nice dose of humility. But then the energizing follow-up.

“I don’t think there’s one thing I can’t do,” he added. “I think I’m just a different kind of receiver, all in one. And some day guys are going to be like, ‘He plays like Anthony Miller.’ I believe I’m a one-of-a-kind type guy.”

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Miller, on the other hand, is a made-for-draft-weekend action-flick trailer. Explosive. Attention-grabbing. High energy.

[Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller]

Photos of Anthony Miller, who the Bears selected with the No. 51 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

“He’s competitive,” Pace said. “He’s tough. His route quickness, his hands, his work ethic, his mentality. All those things are infectious qualities that he possesses. He’ a fun guy to watch on tape because of how he plays.”

And if Miller’s production matches his verve, Chicago will almost certainly fall in love with the edge he brings.

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper called him “the most underrated offensive player” in this draft.

“He is a dog,” Ferguson added. “I’ll let you know that. He has one of the best work ethics I’ve ever been around. When it comes to anything, he is not scared. He doesn’t back down.”

Over his final two seasons at Memphis, Miller racked up 191 catches, 2,896 yards, 22 touchdowns. His favorite game, he said Friday night, was a 42-38 upset of Houston in October with the Tigers rallying from 17 points down in the second half.

Miller, 5-foot-11 and 201 pounds, contributed 10 grabs and 178 yards in that contest, showing off his route running savvy and electric nature with the ball in his hands. That was one of four games last fall in which he had at least 10 catches, one of 10 in his career in which he topped 150 yards.

Not bad for a player who walked on to the team out of high school. Not bad for a 23-year-old dream-big kid who takes immense pride in the climb he has made in his hometown of Memphis and is fearless as he arrives at the base of the NFL’s steep mountain.

“The Bears are going to get all I got,” Miller said. “They’re going to get the Memphis Grind. I don’t think they’ve seen that yet. But I’m going to introduce them to it.”

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Pace was asked whether the type of outward confidence Miller has is ever a concern. The short answer: no.

“That swag and that energy he plays with,” Pace said, “those are infectious things. He’s a guy who plays 100 mph every single snap.”

The GM also pointed to one of the maxims that new coach Matt Nagy has posted at Halas Hall: “Be you.”

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-bears-anthony-miller-nfl-draft-20180427-story.html

If he plays half as good as he talks, we could be in for one hell of a treat!

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