In the wake of the 2016 draft, the hometown Bears showed their boldness with their first round pick. With the 9th overall pick the Bears selected pass-rusher Leonard Floyd out of the University of Georgia. Chicago moved up two picks to show their aggressiveness in this draft. Floyd is indeed a questionable pick, at 6’6 245lbs. he favors the build of the Oakland Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith. With his athleticism, Floyd will be an instant impact on a team that was 22nd in the league against the run a season ago. He has an array of moves that allows him to get to the ball carrier swiftly. One of his downfalls was the 17 sacks he accumulated over his three years at Georgia, which many thought was too low for the pro level. He has a 4.6 40-yard dash time and his agility off of the edge sets him apart from other pass-rushers that were in the draft with him. Chicago’s new defensive coordinator Vic Fangio will have a student on his hands, though. On the bright side, Fangio has coached likewise dynamic Aldon Smith in San Francisco and under his reign he was a first team all-pro player (along with four other talents). For sure Floyd will be coached up well as he will be in competition with Willie Young and Lamarr Houston for the starting spot opposite Pernell McPhee.
In other news, a very solid second round for Chicago. The Bears traded down to the 56th pick and selected four-year starting Guard out of Kansas State Cody Whitehair. This was a strong move by the Bears especially after the release of veteran Guard Matt Slauson. Whitehair, at 6’4 305lbs. has played all over the offensive line, playing tackle in college and even some center. Ryan Pace sees Whitehair as a guard on this team though. With Whitehair, Massie and signings of guard/centers Ted Lawson and Manny Ramirez there will be tense competition for the front five. One thing for certain is that this team has tremendous depth and versatility on the front line with multiple lineman being able to play all up front positions left to right, with Whitehair in the mix.