Bears supplement offense with adds of Daniels, Miller

WR Anthony Miller, Memphis

WR Anthony Miller, Memphis

The Chicago Bears added Iowa C James Daniels and Memphis WR Anthony Miller during Friday night’s second-round of the NFL Draft.

Daniels was acquired with the original selection of Chicago, the 39th overall pick.  The two-year starter is a skilled technician with sound movement skills and hand placement.  A plug and play lineman, he can lock onto defenders and drive them backwards, yet is solid in pass protection, mirroring defenders. Daniels projects to center but has the versatility, should the Bears prefer, to slide over to Guard.

One of the top centers in the collegiate talent pool and expected to go in the first round, Daniels gives the Bears the flexibility to mix/match with Cody Whitehair.  Better positioned at guard, where he can utilize his full skill set and power, Whitehair would make an excellent mentor for Danels.

Meanwhile, Chicago dealt up with New England to acquire another second-round choice. Seeking reniforcements at wide receiver, Chicago traded the first of their two fourth-round picks and next year’s second-round selection to New England.  The Bears ensued to select WR Anthony Miller from Memphis.

Miller isn’t the biggest receiver. yet has an uncanny presence to affect the game.  His ample speed allows him to separate from defenders, and while not a skilled hand catcher, he’s improving in that area.  Highly productive over the last two seasons, and appears to relish the opportunity.  Miller runs well and finds the openings in  coverage. Though he’s proned to drop a ball here and there, Miller provides game-breaking after the catch skills that can excite.

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