Chicago Bears Roster Ranking: 20-16
19. James Daniels
James Daniels was the first of the Chicago Bears two second round picks in 2018. Daniels played center at Iowa, but the Chicago Bears currently have him slated to play guard.
It is due to athleticism. Daniels is a player who can get out into space and move. His ability to get into the second level so quickly at the center position is rare.
The idea is that it is much easier to pull across the line of scrimmage or out into space without having to snap the football beforehand. This could really play to the benefit of James Daniels. His athleticism is elite, and with Kyle Long, the Bears would have two guards who can do a lot of dynamic movement that most teams are not prepared for.
However, Daniels will have to earn his ranking in this top twenty, and will have to beat out Eric Kush for a starting spot. One issue surrounding Daniels is his overall playing strength. He is not the best anchor player, and as shown in his athletic profile, strength is truly the only flaw.
Kush is a strong presence of a player and will push Daniels to earn starting reps. Still, look at the rest of that profile. Daniels has the chance to be special and understands the game well. He should be able to hold off Kush and be a valuable starter as a rookie.