Dawgs stick together: Leonard Floyd told Chicago Bears to draft Roquan Smith
The Chicago Bears’ linebacking corps will have a distinct Georgia flavor to it this season.
When Chicago had the No. 9 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, it went with former UGA linebacker Leonard Floyd. Two years later, the Bears were in a similar spot with the No. 8 overall pick. Floyd knew his team could use another former Bulldog on defense.
“We gotta get Roquan. We gotta get Roquan,” Floyd recalled telling the Bears front office as draft day approached, he told the Chicago Tribune for a recent story on Roquan Smith.
As it worked out, Floyd got his wish. The Bears selected Smith, the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, with their first pick in this year’s draft and the two former Bulldogs teammates have reunited in the Windy City. Floyd played at UGA from 2013-15, playing his final collegiate season during Smith’s first. The story also notes that Floyd has done his best to help Smith adjust to life in the NFL.
For more on Smith’s first month with Chicago, and why the Bears are expecting big things from the newcomer, the full story can be read here.