Published: Mon, April 30, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Iowa's Daniels Selected by Chicago Bears in 2nd Round of NFL Draft

Iowa's Daniels Selected by Chicago Bears in 2nd Round of NFL Draft

The Packers also traded back into the second day of the draft, moving up into the third round to select linebacker Oren Burks from Vanderbilt with the 88th overall pick. Even drafting Trubisky previous year was tainted by awkwardness - trading up when he might not have had to; Mike Glennon's obvious discomfort at the Bears' draft-night gala; John Fox being out of the loop on the whole thing. Daniels must add strength, but Pace plans to move him to left guard opposite right guard Kyle Long and to keep Cody Whitehair at center - a curious decision given Daniels was the draft's highest-rated center. "We value his position versatility", Pace said.

Iowa center James Daniels with the 39th pick and Memphis receiver Anthony Miller at No. 51 after trading back into the second round with New England.

Fitts, the 181st overall pick, was the first Utes player selected in the draft. He started 23 games at center during his sophomore and junior seasons.

"He just tore us apart", Daniels said.

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The 6-foot-3, 306-pound Daniels - who turns 21 in September - played three seasons at Iowa and was honorable-mention, all-Big Ten past year.

James Daniels didn't hear his name called on Day No. 1 of the NFL Draft, but he didn't have to wait too long during the second round. Obviously with [new offensive quality control coach] Brian Ginn being a part of [our] staff and having coached him at DE, we had a lot of inside scoop on him. He played at all three interior offensive line positions in college. "He had like 500 total yards against us and we lost, 42-35".

".you get the point". "It was very cool seeing players I know and I grew up with and coming out and living the dream". Things that stand out with this player is quickness, leverage, balance, excellent technique in pass protection, a guy our scouts and coaches all valued highly, obviously. "I can't say I'm as athletic as him, but we're on the same path, and for those reasons, I feel like we're similar". "[But] it's our job now as coaches to take the handoff and develop these guys and teach them how to play the game within our system and within this building and how we're going to do things". And one interesting thing about him, you get the feedback from the National Football League folks. "They haven't had a chance to investigate the kind of person he is and his intelligence".

When Daniels reports to Halas Hall, he'll reconnect with Trubisky and this time he'll be rooting for Trubisky to "tear apart" opposing defenses.

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