CHICAGO Teams

Pace touts Smith's 'intangibles' (0:27)
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Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears general manager Ryan Pace believes first-round pick Georgia ILB Roquan Smith has everything the team is looking for at the linebacker position.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Bears general manager Ryan Pace confirms that Chicago attempted to move back into the end of the first round, but they were unsuccessful. Still, Pace says he's "fired about" about the players that could be available at 39 overall in Friday's second round. The Bears do not currently own a third round draft choice.

Roquan Smith couldn't predict where he would be drafted (0:21)
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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Kyle Schwarber react to hitting a home run in a 1-0 win over Milwaukee on Thursday.

Davidson crushes 2 HRs in White Sox's victory (0:51)
Baez leaps to rob Braun (0:19)
Schwarber golfs one out to right (0:23)
Yates: Smith is missing piece in young Chicago defense (1:00)

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

LB Roquan Smith was one of the top players I watched on film this year. 4.51 speed to the ball. Tackling at the point of attack. And the ability to play in space. Smith has the talent to make an immediate impact on the Bears defense.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Tampa's trade with Buffalo works out perfectly for the Bears. The Bills take a quarterback, and now the Bears have plenty of options to choose from at No. 8 -- Roquan Smith, Derwin James, Tremaine Edmunds, Minkah Fitzpatrick, etc.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bears were very high on Notre Dame OL Quenton Nelson, who the Colts just took at No. 6. Derwin James, Roquan Smith, Minkah Fitzpatrick and Tremaine Edmunds are among the possible options for Chicago at No. 8.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

NC State DE Bradley Chubb too good to pass up for Denver at No. 5. Bears now three picks away. Good bet Roquan Smith or Quenton Nelson goes to Colts at No. 6. Tampa may be the wildcard at No. 7. Bears still in position to land impact player.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Surprise pick for the Browns at No. 4: Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward. That means Bradley Chubb, Quenton Nelson and Roquan Smith are all still available. The Bears may have to consider moving up for Chubb -- if they can swing a deal.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

Saquon Barkley comes off the board at No. 2 overall via the New York Giants. Was always a huge long shot that Barkley would've fallen far enough for the Bears to either move up to take him ,or draft him at No. 8, but Barkley is the best offensive player in the draft. The Bears would've been crazy not to draft Barkley had they been given the opportunity. With the Jets going QB at No. 3 overall, the drama for the Bears is what non-QB the Browns take at No. 4, or if Cleveland decides to trade the pick.

Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer 

With Baker Mayfield going No. 1 overall to Cleveland, now it gets interesting for the Bears. Best case scenario for Chicago is the Giants at No. 2 take a quarterback; freeing up more non-QBs for the Bears to consider at No. 8. The quarterbacks, and when they come off the board, is the key for the Bears tonight.

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10hJesse Rogers

Bryant out of starting lineup for 3rd straight game

While Joe Maddon said that Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant could be available off the bench against Milwaukee on Thursday night, he was out of the starting lineup for the third straight game since being beaned Sunday.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs say no change in the status of Kris Bryant who remains "under evaluation" after getting hit in the helmet by a pitch on Sunday. He'll miss his third straight game and is scheduled to meet with the Cubs team doctor today. Tommy La Stella starts at third base in his place.