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If that's a highlight tape... well not very exciting.

Train like you are 2nd, but play like you are 1st.

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Nope, not overly impressed. 

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If that's a highlight tape... well not very exciting.

What Mike Mayock said about this kid was 2017 Highlights will not show you who this kid really is. 2016 he played more of a 3 tech and was devastating to interior lineman. 2017 he was used as a 5 tech and was used to take up blockers, as this video shows. He was often double teamed. Fangio will find a way to use him correctly.

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Here is what NFL.com had to say about him.

“Iyegbuniwe put together a very strong campaign this season, but some of those numbers don’t look translatable on the next level without a lot more work. His speed and athletic ability in coverage are big pluses in his favor. His NFL role may have to be as a backup weak-side linebacker with some cover talent who can become a top special teams worker.”

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Initial impressions are Iyiegbuniwe is a special teams ace with ILB upside

Iyiegbuniwe was an unknown to most draft fans when his name was called. That’s not a surprise given the program he came from. So who exactly are the Bears getting? Based on the stats he was a highly productive linebacker in 2017. He had 117 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and two sacks. He seems to have speed, athleticism, and decent instinct. All good qualities for an inside linebacker.

The lingering question is why? The Bears already drafted Smith who will be an instant starter. They didn’t need another at that position, especially with edge rusher needing so much attention. In the end, this is one of those moments where it’s best to trust Pace and his front office. They know what they’re doing. Iyiegbuniwe won’t be a starter right away, but with Danny Trevathan’s contract and injury history? It makes some sense they made this move now.

If nothing else the special teams definitely got better.

http://sportsmockery.com/2018/04/chicago-bears-begin-final-day-of-draft-with-first-stunner/

I wonder if this is just a matter of grabbing a potential starter and depth, or is Kwiatkoski just not seen as a real starter by the Bears staff?

 

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I missed the entire draft.... Smith looks like a good pick, past that I have no idea

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Nichols wasn’t on the radar of many Chicago Bears‘ mock drafts, so it was a bit of a surprise when the Bears selected him in the fifth-round. Obviously, the Bears selected Nichols, for the impact he will have on the defensive line.

However, it is the impact Nichols will have on Bears’ first-round pick Roquan Smith that might be the most important.

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After the Bears selected Smith, the pundits and experts were effusive with their praise. Smith has tremendous instincts and is unbelievably fast from sideline to sideline. Therefore, when he gets to the ball-carrier, he doesn’t miss. Instead, he drives them into the ground with the ferocity of quintessential Bears linebacker.

However, the one weakness repeated by those same experts was his difficulty shedding blockers due to his smaller stature. Smith stands approximately 6-foot-1 and weighs 236 pounds. Due to being a bit undersized, he relied on his instincts and speed to outmaneuver “would-be” blockers in college.

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With that in mind, there are things the Bears can do to mitigate that weakness. However, the most important thing they can do is stack the defensive line with monsters who occupy space and offensive linemen.

Remember, when the Bears drafted Brian Urlacher he had the same perceived weakness. However, the Bears addressed it by inserting Alex Brown, Ian Scott, Adewale Ogunleye, and Tommie Harris in front of him.

The hope for the Bears is that Nichols, and the rest of the defensive line, can have the same effect. Nichols, who played tackle in college, will switch to defensive end in the 3-4 scheme. In doing so, he will join stud defensive end, Akiem Hicks, in an effort to solidify the defensive front. Ideally, Nichols will draw a lot of attention from opposing offensive lines and can engage multiple linemen.

Delaware DT Bilal Nichols is relentless. Engages with multiple offensive linemen before making his way to sack the QB pic.twitter.com/Mr4BpIdlOD

— Billy Marshall (@BillyM_91) April 17, 2018

Furthermore, if Nichols is able to do that, and with Hicks doing the same on the opposite side, Smith should be able to roam free. In other words, if those offensive linemen are occupied with Nichols and Hicks, then they are not getting to the second level to block Smith. As a result, Smith can use his greatest strengths (instincts and speed) to attack the ball-carrier without obstruction.

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https://dawindycity.com/2018/04/29/chicago-bears-bilal-nichols-roquan-smith/

I would be pretty happy if Nichols became this years late round stud. It seems pace finds one each year, let the trend continue!

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