2018 NFL Draft: The defensive theme continues with DL Bilal Nichols in Round 5

2018 NFL Draft: The defensive theme continues with DL Bilal Nichols in Round 5
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 04: Delaware defensive lineman Bilal Nichols (DL12) is seen during the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 4, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Vic Fangio is really convincing Ryan Pace of loading up this defense.

During Saturday’s final day of the 2018 NFL Draft, the Bears took defensive lineman Bilal Nichols from Delaware at No. 145 overall.

The 6’4″, 306-pounder totaled 10.5 sacks over the last two seasons as a full-time starter. Nichols played in a 3-4 defense at the 5-technique position in his final year at Delaware, totaling 56 tackles, 5.5 sacks and an interception. He had 25 tackles and five sacks as a junior.

Nichols joins a defensive line that features defensive end Akiem Hicks, defensive tackle Eddie Goldman and defensive ends Jonathan Bullard and Roy Robertson-Harris.

Playing with long arms and active hands, Nichols is a nice scheme fit for Fangio and his 3-4 defense. He ran 4.90 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine in February.

It has been a theme of Pace’s to take value guys in the mid rounds. I mean this is the same round where he found running back Jordan Howard in 2015.

The Bears’ defense continues to add young talent to a defense that is going to be rock solid if healthy.

Weigh in with your thoughts on the Nichols pick below.


Joel Iyiegbuniwe is the pick in Round 4

Anthony Miller is the pick in Round 2 (via trade with New England)

James Daniels is the pick in Round 2

Roquan Smith is the pick in Round 1

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