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Roster moves: Bears ink six draft picks


On the eve of their first rookie minicamp practice, the Bears on Thursday signed six of their seven 2018 draft picks to four-year contracts.

Those who inked their first NFL deals were second-round offensive lineman James Daniels, second-round receiver Anthony Miller, fourth-round inside linebacker Joel Iyiegbuniwe, fifth-round defensive end Bilal Nichols, sixth-round outside linebacker Kylie Fitts and seventh-round receiver Javon Wims.

Daniels was a three-year contributor at Iowa, starting all 23 games he played at center the past two seasons. He appeared in every game as a true freshman, making two starts at left guard and also lining up at tackle. Last year Daniels started all 12 games and was an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick. He will begin his Bears career as a guard.

Miller was ultra-productive at Memphis, setting school records with 95 receptions, 1,434 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2016 and then eclipsing all three marks with 96 catches, 1,462 yards and 18 TDs last season.

Iyiegbuniwe was a two-year starter at Western Kentucky. Last season the 6-1, 229-pounder was named first-team All-Conference USA after leading the Hilltoppers with 117 tackles and 11.5 tackles-for-loss while also recording two sacks and three forced fumbles. He recorded 64 tackles, 3.5 sacks and 10 tackles-for-loss in 2016.

Nichols was a four-year contributor and two-year starter at Delaware. Playing in a 3-4 defense for the first time last season as a senior, he was named first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association after compiling 56 tackles, 5.5 sacks and one interception.

Fitts spent the past three seasons at Utah after transferring from UCLA. He registered 41 tackles, seven sacks and four forced fumbles while appearing in 13 games with 11 starts in 2015. But the 6-4, 260-pounder was slowed by injuries each of the past two years.

A junior college transfer, Wims played two seasons at Georgia. He caught 17 passes for 190 yards and one touchdown in 2016 before blossoming last year, when he helped the Bulldogs reach the FBS championship game by leading the team in all receiving categories with 45 receptions for 720 yards and seven touchdowns.

The only remaining 2018 Bears pick who has yet to sign is first-round inside linebacker Roquan Smith, the eighth overall selection in the draft.

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