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Kiper lauds Bears as 'Day 2 winner'

ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. lists the Bears as his top "Day 2 winner" after they selected Iowa guard/center James Daniels and Memphis receiver Anthony Miller in the second round.

The Bears traded up to take Miller, sending a fourth-round pick and 2019 second-round selection to the New England Patriots in exchange for the 51st overall choice.

"Iowa's James Daniels is going to play immediately," Kiper wrote. "Plug him in at guard or center, and he's going to be a good player. The Bears got him at No. 39, which is right around where I had him ranked on my Big Board. Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz produces technically sound offensive linemen. Daniels fits that mold, though he needs to get stronger. And he doesn't turn 21 until September, so he isn't fully developed yet.

"Chicago GM Ryan Pace also traded up to get one of my favorite players in this draft, Memphis wide receiver Anthony Miller. Yes, it cost a 2019 second-round pick and fourth-rounder this year, and that's a lot to give up. But Miller is going to be a good player, and he's going to play right away. He is my third-ranked receiver in this class. Chicago needed weapons around Mitchell Trubisky, and it did well in free agency to get Allen Robinson, Trey Burton and Taylor Gabriel. Miller in Round 2 is a good get, even for what it cost."

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