What signing Roquan Smith means for the Chicago Bears

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 02: Roquan Smith
ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 02: Roquan Smith /

The Roquan Smith holdout has finally come to an end for the Chicago Bears

A holdout which caused Smith to miss all of training camp and two preseason matchups against the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals. Chicago should be excited to have this rookie back on the field as he brings a tremendous amount of talent to the table.

Roquan Smith is a Butkus award winner. The award is given to the best linebacker in all of college football. This is an elite club to be in, as Smith joins Luke Kuechly, Von Miller and Patrick Willis. If Smith is anywhere near the talent these players are then he is going to become one of the best defensive players in the league. Adding him to an already top ten defense is going to do incredible things for the Bears. Especially when they have defensive coordinator Vic Fangio who coached linebackers into pro bowlers in San Fransisco.

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Roquan Smith can do it all. He has 4.5 speed which means he can cover from sideline to sideline. Covering tight ends and running backs shouldn’t be a problem for him. Roquan is also a tackling machine. In 2017 he had 137 total tackles in 15 games. Smith’s speed and instincts help him blow plays up at or behind the line of scrimmage. With a similar size and build to linebackers like Patrick Willis, he should be just fine in the NFL. /

Smith will be able to learn on the fly playing along side teammate Danny Trevathan. Trevathan is one of the best inside linebackers in the league, so being able to influence a young talent like Smith who missed all of training camp will help him grow as a player.

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With hardwork and dedication to the game, Roquan Smith can become Chicago’s next best linebacker. He has all the intangibles to succeed in the NFL, he just has to prove himself on the field now. What better way is there to start your NFL career then playing Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay week one? Roquan Smith has the opportunity to start his career off with a bang, and he has the potential to deliver.