ESPN draft analysts link Quenton Nelson, Roquan Smith to Bears

The Chicago Bears have yet to win many games in the Ryan Pace era, but there’s no disputing the fact that the Bears’ 41-year-old GM has some of the best general-manager hair — wholesale nfl jerseys next to the Los Angeles Rams’ Les Snead — in the league.

It’s also true that Mel Kiper’s fashionable and ever-evolving hairstyle has been the envy of draft analysts from coast to coast for decades.

So it’s only fitting that Kiper played the role of the Bears general manager in place of Pace in ESPN’s 2018 ‘Grade: A’ three-round mock draft, released this week.

To be clear, Kiper is not making these picks based on the scuttlebutt he hears around the league as the draft approaches. Rather, the draft guru is making what he considers the best choices for each team at each given slot.

Because the Bears currently do not have a third-round pick — by virtue of last year’s trade with San Francisco to move up one spot for quarterback Mitchell Trubisky — Kiper only made a pair of choices for the Bears.

At No. 8 overall, Kiper is standing firm with Chicago drafting Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson.

As we’ve detailed on numerous occasions, the idea of Chicago’s selecting Nelson makes sense on several levels — even though the value attached to a guard that early in the draft is relatively low.

The Bears have a clear need at guard after the team declined veteran Josh Sitton’s teamoption, and Nelson is widely considered the best offensive line prospect in the draft, nfl jerseys from china and he played for new Bears offensive line coach Harry Hiestand at Notre Dame. Nelson is built like an offensive tackle, so the possibility of moving him to right tackle — Bobby Massie’s contract expires after the 2018 season — sounds plausible.

Plus, three-time Pro Bowler Kyle Long is battling back from three separate surgical procedures. Long said emphatically last week that he’ll be cleared by the beginning of the regular season, he’s missed 14 games over the past two years.