NFL Draft: LB Roquan Smith Presser

NFL Draft: LB Roquan Smith Presser

Georgia set a program record by landing three players in the first round of the National Football League draft. 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.

On the third day of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Bears chose a player who hit the field from the opening kickoff as a rookie.

"Well, I was a huge Patrick Willis fan growing up", Smith said. The Bears have now taken 19 Bulldogs since selecting Jim Fordham in 1944.

"I'm extremely happy to be a part of this Bears franchise's rich history", said Smith, an inside linebacker from Georgia. The consensus is that he has the qualities to take over as a defensive leader and become an impact player early in his career. The 6-foot-1, 236-pound Smith also has exceptional speed (4.51 in the 40) to match up in coverage. "This is a player we felt we could not pass up".

Alabama didn't have to wait long for its second selection, as defensive tackle Da'Ron Payne went 13th to the Washington Redskins.

The first was the Georgia native's pre-draft visit to Halas Hall within the last few weeks. With a shortened time in the second round the team should have their pick in within the half four to 45 minutes.

"Come on home baby!"

The Chicago Bears will be back on the clock Friday night for Day 2 of the NFL Draft. Instead, he went with Smith, who is expected to be plugged in immediately as a starter next to Danny Trevathan.

"Daniels, a 6'3", 306-pounder started 25 games in college, including two as a true freshman. "I really just enjoyed the entire season with my guys". It should be a great one. Smart said early in spring practice that no one is going to replace a player like Smith because he's the type of player that only comes around once in a generation. Hurst received a $400,000 signing bonus from the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012 and spent a couple of years in their farm system before shifting to football. They do have two fourth round picks.

Analysis: This is such a quintessential Patriots draft pick.

Florida defensive tackle Taven Bryan was picked 29th by the Jacksonville Jaguars, so the SEC wound up with 10 first-round picks.

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