Chicago Bears should go get one of these players on Day 2

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The Chicago Bears should go up and draft linebacker Nakobe Dean

One of the surprising names to fall out of the first round was Georgia linebacker Nakobe Dean, who projects as a do-it-all linebacker at the next level. Dean was a first-round grade by many, and is currently at the top of Mel Kiper’s best available players, for what it’s worth

Linebacker may not be the top priority for the Bears right now, but for a talent like Dean, it could be worthwhile to go up a few picks and bring him to Chicago. Right now they have Roquan Smith and Nicholas Morrow set to start, but still need one more starter in their new 4-3 scheme.

Speaking of Smith, that’s exactly who Dean compares to as a pro. Dean is quick, with sideline-to-sideline speed and a relentless play style. He likely fell to Day 2 because of size concerns. Dean is a little undersized at 5-foot-11 and 229 pounds. But, the way he plays the game, he projects as a future Pro Bowl type of inside linebacker.

Pairing Dean with Smith would give the Bears a fierce duo at linebacker, both of whom are former Georgia Bulldogs. Last year, Dean did a lot of everything as he tallied 72 tackles, including 10.5 for a loss and 6.0 sacks. He also totaled five passes defensed, a pair of interceptions and two forced fumbles.

Do not be surprised if Matt Eberflus targets a guy like Dean, who fits the mold of exactly what the Bears head coach wants in a player.