Former Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith was selected eighth overall by the Chicago Bears during the 2018 NFL Draft on Thursday.
Smith was the first former SEC player taken in the draft and will join fellow former Bulldogs linebacker Leonard Floyd, who was selected by Chicago at No. 9 overall in 2016.
Smith, a former Butkus Award winner, is the first inside linebacker selected by the Bears in the first round since Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Brian Urlacher in 2000, according to The Athletic’s Kevin Fishbain.
Here’s how Georgia fans, experts and former coach Mark Richt reacted to news for the former Bulldogs’ selection:
Congratulations to Roquan Smith. The newest Chicago bear!
— Mark Richt (@MarkRicht) April 27, 2018
Flo and Ro 🐶🏈💯 #DawgNation
— Julian , (@D1_Prospect123) April 27, 2018
— Jordan Jenkins (@jordanOLB) April 27, 2018
— Cameron Nizialek (@CamNizguy) April 27, 2018
— Cam Gaskins (@CamWGXA) April 27, 2018
Roquan Smith and Leonard Floyd on the same defense in Chicago. 🤔
— Trent Smallwood (@SmallwoodTrent) April 27, 2018
Roquan Smith led college football in “GROWN MAN” tweet production last year.
— Freezing Cold Takes (@OldTakesExposed) April 27, 2018
Mitchell Trubisky, on @670TheScore right now, is thrilled with the Bears' selection of Roquan Smith: "He's a beast."
— Chris Emma (@CEmma670) April 27, 2018
Leonard Floyd and Roquan Smith now reunited in Chicago. That’s scary.
— UGA Recruiting (@UgaRecruitNews) April 27, 2018
Love Roquan Smith! 🐻👇#NFLDraft
— Adam Rank (@adamrank) April 27, 2018