Chicago Bears are here to compete

The Chicago Bears are going to be competitive a lot sooner than some may think

Whether or not they do, one thing is clear in the Chicago Bears actions on Friday night. They are ready to compete and they are ready to compete next year. This team could care less about the future. They are living in the here and now.

This theme started with the selection of Roquan Smith. Taking Smith over Tremaine Edmunds is taking the safe, sure thing and an instant starter over the longer, but potentially more rewarding route.

That theme seeped into round 2. The selection of James Daniels was a no-brainer. It was truly a grade A pick, a perfect fit, and fills a need, pushing Cody Whitehair to his more comfortable spot at guard.

We had assumed that was the end of the night. You go into day three with the decision to bet on edge or wide receiver and then take some late round shots. However, the Bears were not having that. They knew they still had needs and knew day three was not going to solve them all.

So, they packaged a future pick, a 2019 second rounder to get into the second round in 2018. There, they selected Anthony Miller, a wide receiver from Memphis.

Miller is an older prospect. He took a tougher route to the NFL. But, he is a refined, nuanced prospect who is ready to step in and start next season. He fell into round 2 due to his limited size thanks to his age, and size. However, it could be argued that even including Calvin Ridley, Anthony Miller was the safest, and surest wide receiver in the draft.

A sure thing and an instant starter at linebacker. A sure thing and an instant starter at center. And to top it all off, a sure thing and an instant starter at wide receiver. Edge is still a need. However, Vic Fangio does know Aaron Lynch better than anyone else. Nonetheless, the Bears will likely hit this spot hard tomorrow, as they try to completely strengthen the position.