The Chicago Bears Sign First-Round Draft Pick Roquan Smith


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Roquan Smith

The recipient of an MBA from Drake University, Mark Allen Hanrahan is a commercial real estate and venture capital executive who has served as managing partner of Markmel Co., LLC, since 2009. Aside from his professional pursuits, Mark Allen Hanrahan is a passionate fan of the National Football League’s (NFL) Chicago Bears.

Linebacker Roquan Smith, selected eighth overall by the Bears in the 2018 NFL Draft, put to rest any doubt that he might miss his rookie season on August 14, as he ended his contract holdout and signed a four-year contract worth a guaranteed $18 million with the potential for $11 million in bonuses. Smith was the last 2018 first-round pick to sign a contract with his respective team. According to ESPN, one of the reasons for the delay involved terms in the contract that would have allowed the Bears to reclaim guaranteed money if Smith was punished under the league’s new helmet-contact rule.

The 6-foot-1, 225-pound linebacker played the past three seasons for the University of Georgia and accumulated 252 tackles, 6.5 quarterback sacks, and three forced fumbles through 38 games. He was also named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2017.

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