WCC STAFF ARTICLE: Our picks at 8

Happy Draft Day boys and girls! Tonight in Arlington, Texas, 32 men’s dreams will come true. Fans have been counting down the days since the clock went zero at the Super Bowl and it’s finally here!

The Windy City Chronicle staff came together and shared their pick for the Chicago Bears at eight overall.

Brennen McMann– Quenton Nelson, OG

There is no denying the fact that offensive line is the most important position in football, especially with such a young quarterback like Mitchell Trubisky. The Bears have a glaring hole at guard with the departure of Josh Sitton. Nelson is considered one of the top draft prospects and for good reason. Not only will he significantly help an already great running game, but he will help the passing game by keeping defenders away from Trubisky. If Nelson is available at pick 8 it’s a no-brainer!

Johnny Hatelak: Harold Landry , EDGEI get that he isn’t the most complete Outside Linebacker in the game but he gets after the Quarterback like no one else in this draft. Including Bradley Chubb who I feel is more of a 4-3 End or someone who can add 10 pounds and play 3-4 End at 285 rather than a speed rushing 3-4 outside Linebacking Edge Defender. His athletic scores are where Pace likes his first-round picks at, even though Landry’s arm length just barely makes the minimum threshold. The greatest indicator of success of all the workout drills that best predicts success for Edge Rushers is the 3-cone drill. Landry timed the fastest at his position tied with Utah Edge Kylie Fitts at the Combine with an incredible 6.88 second time which is good for a 5’10” 190 lb Cornerback let alone a 6’3″ 255 lb Outside Linebacker. No one uses his hands better to disengage from a block or plays with bend better than Landry in this class. That along with his production when healthy makes this pick make all the sense in the world.

Thomas Gibbons– Roquan Smith, LB

If Quenton Nelson is as good as the media portrays him to be and the scouts grade on him, he will be off the board before the Bears pick at eight. Bradley Chubb would be the dream scenario, but the Bears would have to go up and get him. So if the Bears stay at eight, which I firmly believe they will, Smith makes a lot of sense. He’s a plug and play starter and is more pro-ready than Tremaine Edmunds. Edmunds has a lot of upside but would be more of a project for Vic Fangio. Smith is an elite linebacker who is stout against the run and can rush the passer. His sideline to sideline play is phenomenal and would be a perfect fit. Linebacker is a need and the Bears should have the chance to grab the best one in the class.

Alex Patt– Roquan Smith, LB

There are a number of holes that the Bears would like to fill on the roster, one of them is the linebacker core. This is a situation where the Bears would love an edge rusher like Bradley Chubb, but they are too low to get him, and likely too high to reach for Marcus Davenport. If Ryan Pace wants one of the best available without reaching or trading the pick, Smith is looking like a solid pick at the eight spot. Smith is an incredible athlete and is praised for his football IQ, discipline and leadership by those who have coached and observed him. The potential for the starting outside linebackers being Roquan Smith and a healthy Leonard Floyd could be a very good thing for the Bears defense.

Tristan Angulo- Quenton Nelson, OG

Quentin Nelson seems to check a lot of boxes for my colleagues, as well as for other Bears fans. So if he’s available by the time Ryan Pace is one the clock, then he should pick him. The Bears have a need at guard and Nelson would fill it. I am excited for the draft and the future of the Chicago Bears.
Jovanny Santiago – CB Denzel Ward.
I really think Denzel Ward would thrive in this defense. Yes we resigned Kyle Fuller & Prince Amukamara, but injuries happen in camp or during the season. In this system under Vic Fangio, he can probably play in the slot and thrive. Ward
would be a blessing in disguise for this bears defense and should be the pick at eight.

Kyle Raugh – Marcus Davenport, Edge

Just for the record if Quenton Nelson is there at 8, he is absolutely the pick in my eyes and almost everyone elses. I am going full contrarian and making my case for Marcus Davenport out of UT-San Antonio. We all know Paces falls in absolute love with prospects with the upside and unusual athleticism that Davenport possesses. Having Floyd and Davenport manning the edges of our defense would have coordinators up all day and night game planning. Although Davenport is a physical freak, he does need technical refinement to break into the ceiling that so many see him reaching in his future, but I trust Fangio would be the guy to help get him there.

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