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The Bears took Daniels with the 39th overall pick. They then traded back into the second round with New England to take Miller at No. 51. In exchange, the Bears sent the Patriots a fourth-round pick this year (105) and a second-rounder in 2019.

The Bears have spent the offseason loading up the offense to help Trubisky develop into the franchise quarterback they believe he can become, and they were back at it after drafting Georgia standout linebacker Roquan Smith with the No. 8 pick.

General manager Ryan Pace said the Bears plan to have Daniels compete at left guard with Eric Kush and “cross train” at center. That means Cody Whitehair will be snapping the ball to Trubisky after bouncing between center and guard over two seasons.

“That’s how we want to go right now,” Pace said. “Cody was a tackle in college and we felt he had the position versatility to play multiple spots. No different than James Daniel. No different than Eric Kush. Position versatility in our offensive line is important. They all have that.”

The 6-foot-3, 306-pound Daniels — who turns 21 in September — played three seasons at Iowa and was honorable-mention, all-Big Ten last year. He is looking forward to playing with Trubisky after getting shredded by him in an Ohio regional playoff game in high school. Trubisky threw for five touchdowns and ran for one to lead Mentor over Warren G. Harding in 2012.

Miller had no FBS offers coming out of Christian Brothers High School in Memphis and opted to walk on at his hometown school. He went on to catch 238 passes for 3,590 yards and 37 touchdowns in three seasons and was a first-team, All-American as a senior last year. A broken bone in his right foot caused him to miss the Senior Bowl. He said it’s completely healed.

“This area, there’s not a lot going on around here,” Miller said. “People have got to work for everything they’ve got. Nobody is put over anybody as far as status. In order to get respect, you’ve got to work for it. You’ve got to grind for it. You’ve got to put in time. I believe I get a lot of respect around here because I didn’t ask for any handouts. I just came to work every day and put it in. It’s all paying off for me.”

The Bears finished last in the NFC North for the fourth straight year and missed the playoffs for the 10th time in 11 seasons since the 2006 team’s Super Bowl run. They haven’t posted a winning record since 2012, Lovie Smith’s final year. But the Monsters of the Midway made some big moves designed to get the most out of their prized quarterback and lift a struggling franchise.

In the draft, there was a different feel through the first two rounds this year. Pace landed more established, NFL-ready players this time. That was a bit of a change from 2016 and 2017, when he took linebacker Leonard Floyd and Trubisky in the first round.

The Bears took Daniels with the 39th overall pick. They then traded back into the second round with New England to take Miller at No. 51. In exchange, the Bears sent the Patriots a fourth-round pick this year (105) and a second-rounder in 2019.

The Bears have spent the offseason loading up the offense to help Trubisky develop into the franchise quarterback they believe he can become, and they were back at it after drafting Georgia standout linebacker Roquan Smith with the No. 8 pick.

General manager Ryan Pace said the Bears plan to have Daniels compete at left guard with Eric Kush and “cross train” at center. That means Cody Whitehair will be snapping the ball to Trubisky after bouncing between center and guard over two seasons.

“That’s how we want to go right now,” Pace said. “Cody was a tackle in college and we felt he had the position versatility to play multiple spots. No different than James Daniel. No different than Eric Kush. Position versatility in our offensive line is important. They all have that.”

The 6-foot-3, 306-pound Daniels — who turns 21 in September — played three seasons at Iowa and was honorable-mention, all-Big Ten last year. He is looking forward to playing with Trubisky after getting shredded by him in an Ohio regional playoff game in high school. Trubisky threw for five touchdowns and ran for one to lead Mentor over Warren G. Harding in 2012.

Miller had no FBS offers coming out of Christian Brothers High School in Memphis and opted to walk on at his hometown school. He went on to catch 238 passes for 3,590 yards and 37 touchdowns in three seasons and was a first-team, All-American as a senior last year. A broken bone in his right foot caused him to miss the Senior Bowl. He said it’s completely healed.

“This area, there’s not a lot going on around here,” Miller said. “People have got to work for everything they’ve got. Nobody is put over anybody as far as status. In order to get respect, you’ve got to work for it. You’ve got to grind for it. You’ve got to put in time. I believe I get a lot of respect around here because I didn’t ask for any handouts. I just came to work every day and put it in. It’s all paying off for me.”

The Bears finished last in the NFC North for the fourth straight year and missed the playoffs for the 10th time in 11 seasons since the 2006 team’s Super Bowl run. They haven’t posted a winning record since 2012, Lovie Smith’s final year. But the Monsters of the Midway made some big moves designed to get the most out of their prized quarterback and lift a struggling franchise.

In the draft, there was a different feel through the first two rounds this year. Pace landed more established, NFL-ready players this time. That was a bit of a change from 2016 and 2017, when he took linebacker Leonard Floyd and Trubisky in the first round.