Bears hit on first three picks, led by LB Roquan Smith

Roquan Smith got off to a slow start due to a contract holdout and injuries, but he eventually displayed the ability that convinced the Bears to take him with the No. 8 overall pick. AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

The Chicago Bears entered the 2018 NFL draft armed with another top-10 pick. After solving their quarterback problem the year before, the Bears set out to fill holes at linebacker, wide receiver and offensive line. So, how did it turn out?

Grade: Above average

Best rookie: Linebacker Roquan Smith. Smith got off to a slow start when he missed most of the preseason because of a contact holdout and injuries. The No. 8 overall pick, however, quickly settled in once the regular season began. He finished his rookie year with 122 tackles, the second-highest total ever by a Bears first-year player behind only Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher. Smith had six games with at least 10 tackles and was one of seven Bears named as a Pro Bowl alternate.

Most improved rookie: Tie between left guard James Daniels and wide receiver Anthony Miller. Daniels and Miller both deserve recognition for their rookie accomplishments. Daniels took over at left guard in Week 7 and never looked back. The second-round choice is expected to be a staple on Chicago's offensive line for years to come. Miller ended the regular season with 33 catches for 423 yards and seven touchdowns. Taken 51st overall out of Memphis, Miller, who battled a shoulder injury throughout much of 2018, will have even more opportunities next year to flourish. He's a keeper.

Jury is still out on: Javon Wims. The 6-foot-4 wide receiver flashed some potential in Week 17 when he made four catches for 32 yards against the Vikings. Wims, who was active for only five games in the regular season, should challenge for more playing time in 2019. The Bears obviously like Wims' catch radius and athleticism.

Undrafted rookie evaluation: Cornerback Kevin Toliver appeared in 15 games with one start. Toliver recorded 15 tackles and two pass breakups. He was the lone undrafted rookie to see significant action.