NFL Draft 2016: Bears trade up, select Leonard Floyd with No. 9 pick

The Chicago Bears knew they needed to upgrade their defense, so they did just that in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. They decided to trade up and take Georgia linebacker Leonard Floyd with the ninth overall pick.

The pick helps improve their pass rush after they only had 35 sacks during the 2015 season. The Bears only give up a fourth round pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to move up two spots.

#Bears pick Georgia OLB Leonard Floyd in the 1st round of the #NFLDraft.

Welcome to the #Bears family! #BearsDraft pic.twitter.com/u0ndYtj46W

— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) April 29, 2016

If you pair a player like Floyd with veteran Pernell McPhee, the Bears should be just fine. This should be a big pickup for Chicago in the long run.

During his career at Georgia, Leonard Floyd recorded 26.5 tackles for loss and 17 sacks.

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