With the 145th pick in the 2018 NFL draft, the Chicago Bears select defensive tackle Bilal Nichols out of Delaware. A run-stopping defensive tackle, he has solid athletic ability and flashed pass rushing ability in college. There isn’t much to prove he can be very effective in the pros in the pass rush but he can provide solid defensive line depth. Either way, he brings a violent approach to run stopping and has an enticing motor.
This pick comes as more of a curious one. Despite a solid plethora of remaining receivers and edge rushers, Pace seems to be ignoring the glaring needs completely in favor of depth pieces. With the rising, albeit injury-prone, Eddie Goldman already in the middle, there doesn’t seem to be room for Nichols, especially with his perceivably lower ceiling.
He brings great energy and Pace always leans towards character over great talent, so it’s not a surprise to see Nichols on the Bears’ radar but over more obvious needs makes this pick feel a little out of left field.
In Ryan Pace we trust.