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Q&A with Roquan Smith, talking big hits, small towns and big fish

28 April, 2018, 10:59 | Author: Lula Armstrong
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But he wasn't going to overdo it on his first day as a Bear. The last Georgia player drafted by Chicago before Smith was the Bulldogs' last first round pick in Leonard Floyd, who was selected ninth overall in 2016. And he continued to push the introductory phase forward with revelations helpful for those curious about an inside linebacker the Bears believe could be the face of their defense for years to come.

But Smith wasn't ready to publicly announced those aspirations when he met the Chicago media Friday at Halas Hall. GM Ryan Pace has also said he doesn't want Smith to put on any more size, as they don't want to sacrifice any of Smith's speed. "I know my skill set".

How does Smith feel about reuniting with his former college teammate? Smith, fellow inside linebacker Danny Trevathan and defensive linemen Akiem Hicks and Eddie Goldman should form a solid-at-worst defensive interior; at best, that can be a dominant group. That's not a certainty, though. Daniels (6'3/306) made 25 starts in three years for the Hawkeyes, manning center in his final two seasons and earning only honorable mention All-Big Ten in 2017. Committing to a college football pwerhouse, winning an SEC Championship, multiple MVP awards, NCAA awards, a Rose Bowl victory and now becoming a first round pick in the NFL Draft. But on Thursday night, he turned his attention to the other side of the ball and drafted a player who evokes comparisons to two dominant members of Vic Fangio's past defenses. The versatility of his game - sideline-to-sideline tackling with the ability to go downfield in coverage - figures to make it even easier for Smith to fit in.


"Well, I was a huge Patrick Willis fan growing up", Smith said.

Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio's eye for talent at linebacker can not be discounted. "I pictured myself being there but actually just knowing that I'll be there just seems surreal". All he has to do now is be as good as advertised. He said they now have it with Smith.

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