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.

Bears Draft Potential Franchise Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky


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Mitchell Trubisky

A certified public accountant and chartered financial analyst, Mark Allen Hanrahan leverages over 25 years of investment experience as a managing partner for Markmel Co. When he isn’t closing real estate transactions or studying local and global markets, Mark Allen Hanrahan enjoys following his favorite National Football League (NFL) team, the Chicago Bears.

After failing to make the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season, the Bears decided to release veteran quarterback Jay Cutler, who had been with the team the previous eight seasons. The team seemed to find a long-term replacement in Mike Glennon, who was signed to a three-year, $43.5 million contract, but Chicago added further intrigue to its quarterback plans at the 2017 NFL Draft. The Bears made a trade with the San Francisco 49ers, moving up from third to second overall to select quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

In three seasons with the University of North Carolina, Trubisky recorded 41 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, while accumulating 4,762 yards passing. After serving as the team’s backup quarterback in 2014 and 2015, he impressed as a starter in 2016, finishing 10th in the NCAA in passing yards with 3,748 and seventh in pass completions with 304.