In his new post for Windy City Chronicle, Jovanny Santiago outlines his top five options for Ryan Pace to select at 8th overall come April.
1. WR Calvin Ridley (Alabama)
Calvin Ridley is a guy I’ve been studying for a while. The guy’s route running skills are off the chart and has the ability to catch those “50-50” balls. The former Alabama star also has great speed when running to the ball. I would definitely take him at number 8th in this upcoming draft. He would be a great wideout for Mitchell Trubisky, something they desperately need.
2. Minkah Fitzpatrick (Alabama)
Minkah Fitzpatrick would fit perfectly in Vic Fangio’s defense. He’s a hybrid, can play corner or safety. He can be our Micah Hyde type player I think. Fitzpatrick can be a nightmare for opposing offensive coordinators as his ball skills and aggressiveness makes him a franchise type player.
3. Quenton Nelson (Notre Dame)
Quenton Nelson is going to be a great guard in the NFL. He has all the tools. The power and ability to finish blocks is quite amazing. Adding him to our offensive line with Long, Whitehair and Leno could be great for Trubisky and our running backs. The offense we are about to run in Chicago will need offensive guards like Nelson. In addition, his Offensive line coach is in Chicago under Matt Nagy’s coaching staff.
4. Denzel Ward (Ohio State)
Denzel Ward is a player I really enjoy watching tape on. He has speed to keep up with wide receivers in this league and is a very effective tackler. If the Chicago Bears do not resign Kyle Fuller, he will be a good replacement for him. Even though I expect us to keep Fuller, Ward and Fuller could be a good duo in the NFL, specifically in the NFC North. Vic Fangio is a great pair for a guy like Ward and that is why choosing him at 8 is something I would not be against.
5. Roquan Smith (Georgia)
Roquan Smith is going to be a monster in the league just by his speed and quickness. Having him in Chicago alongside Danny Trevathan would be amazing to watch. Or even opposite Leonard Floyd could be something special too. Vic Fangio can create many blitz packages with Smith. He isn’t scared to hit anyone in his way. I would be one happy camper if Smith was drafted to Chicago, joining a top 10 defense in the NFL.