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A capsule look at Bears' four Day 3 draft picks

A capsule look at Bears' four Day 3 draft picks

The Bears needed help at guard with Josh Sitton gone and with Kyle Long recovering from ankle, shoulder and neck surgeries.

According to NBC Sports Chicago via NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Chicago Bears were in talks with an undisclosed team to find a way back into the latter part first round of the NFL Draft.

In the first round, the Bears got the best linebacker in the class with Roquan Smith, who should carry the proud tradition in Chicago at the second level.

General manager Ryan Pace said the Bears plan to have Daniels compete at left guard with Eric Kush and "cross train" at center. The 5-foot-11 receiver struggled with injuries near the end of the season, but still put up 195 yards and three touchdowns in a double-overtime loss to UCF in the American Athletic Conference Championship.

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"It was just a run of bad luck and I think I got it all out of the way", Fitts said.

Daniels did 21 reps of 225 pounds on the bench at the combine, and he probably needs to get stronger and heavier to earn a starting job at guard in the National Football League, but he has the quickness and movement skills to make the move. In four years at Delaware, Nichols collected 104 tackles, 9.5 sacks and two interceptions. The Bears could use a backup, considering their only other quarterbacks are Chase Daniel and Tyler Bray.

An invitee to the NFL Combine, Iyiegbuniwe graduated from South Warren High School in 2014 and redshirted his first season on The Hill.

"I know we were aggressive", Pace said Saturday night after the draft concluded.

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The Bears had a need at edge rusher coming into the draft making Fitts (6-4, 263 pounds) a logical choice at this point. "In 2012, if you would have asked six years ago that I'd be blocking for him, I would say you're lying". I have great hands, and I'm also physical, which a lot of people don't know about me. He is rated as the top center in the draft by many scouts.

Daniels was the 39th player picked overall. "He's not big enough or strong enough to have bad technique and be effective".

Daniels started 25 of 37 games played with the Hawkeyes including 23 at center from 2016-17. We feel like there's still some growth potential ahead of him as well.

Because of his large frame and because he doesn't even turn 21 until September, Daniels should have significant upside as he continues to mature physically.

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"James is a hell of a developmental prospect, if you will", Ferentz said. "I'm putting that on hold and just try to play as long as I can and give the gift that God gave me right now and then later in my future ... go back and try to do that".