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Chicago Bears now have 8 picks on Day 3 after making 4 trades – Chicago Tribune

After drafting two defensive backs and a large receiver within the second spherical Friday, Chicago Bears common supervisor Ryan Poles has lastly begun addding to his NFL draft haul on Day 3.

Poles engineered 4 trades to extend his picks from three to eight: Nos. 168 and 174 within the fifth spherical, Nos. 186, 203 and 207 and Nos. 226, 254 and 255 within the seventh spherical.

Poles traded a 2023 sixth-rounder to the Los Angeles Chargers for choose Nos. 254 and 255 this year. He traded No. 148 to the Buffalo Bills for Nos. 168 and 203. He traded No. 150 to the Houston Texans for Nos. 166 and 207. And he traded No. 166 to the Cincinnati Bengals for Nos. 174 and 226.

The Tribune is monitoring the entire Bears’ draft weekend strikes. Here’s a take a look at every of their new gamers.

No. 39, second spherical

Height, weight: 6-0, 200

Why the Bears picked him

The Bears had a significant want for a starter at cornerback reverse Jaylon Johnson and somebody to play nickel, and now they have a dynamic athlete as an possibility for both function.

Gordon had two interceptions and 9 passes defended in 12 video games in 2021, being named a first-team All-Pac 12 participant. He completed his career with 14 passes defended, 98 tackles, three tackles for a loss and two pressured fumbles. Gordon’s teammate, cornerback Trent McDuffie, was picked twenty first within the first spherical by the Kansas City Chiefs.

Analysts on the ESPN broadcast referred to as him a troublesome, hard-nosed participant with good ending expertise who will slot in effectively with coach Matt Eberflus’ type.

Gordon mentioned on the mix that he doesn’t have a desire between taking part in exterior or nickel, and Poles mentioned the Bears worth the flexibleness he offers.

Poles mentioned Gordon popped up of their mock-draft simulations a number of instances, however they didn’t suppose he can be accessible.

“We kind of laughed it off and it was like, ‘There’s no way,’” Poles mentioned. “So when it actually happened it was a really cool moment, and we’re excited about adding a guy that I believe is going to be a starting-caliber corner. … His movement skills are outstanding. He’s tough. He has what we call reactive athleticism, twitchy. He’s going to help us in coverage big time.”

Why he wasn’t drafted sooner

Gordon ran a 4.52-second 40-yard sprint on the mix, however some inside the Bears have been excited by that, in line with scout Francis St. Paul.

“We were like, ‘Uh oh, we may have a chance now,’” St. Paul mentioned. “He plays way faster than that time. And you see it all the time, there are a lot of players that don’t run as fast as we’re all expecting but they play faster. And he has great play speed.”

Multiple analysts indicated Gordon nonetheless must develop his instincts and approach, however Poles complimented his instincts, saying Gordon has an awesome really feel for the sport.

The Athletic ranked Gordon because the sixth-best cornerback within the draft, and he was the sixth chosen.

Scout’s take

“Just his competitiveness, toughness. This is a guy, when you speak with him, you’ll see he’s very calm. Corners, you’ve got to forget about the next play because you will get beat. And he’s one of the guys, that if he gets beat, it didn’t bother him at all, and he came back and competed more on the next play.” — St. Paul

In his personal phrases

“My favorite corner growing up, the one I watched the most was Darrelle Revis. He’s the one I kind of modeled my game after in just the way he is off the line. He’s just a technician the way he moves. … He’s just a great player.” — Gordon

You ought to know

Gordon’s mother received him into aggressive dancing when he was younger, and he mentioned he traveled across the nation for competitions in lyrical, ballet and hip hop. He additionally did martial arts.

St. Paul mentioned you’ll be able to see his dance background in his play.

“You see it in his balance,” St. Paul mentioned. “You see it in his change of direction. He ran a 6.67(-second) three-cone. And the most impressive (thing) about it, he was stumbling and pulled out of that stumble and to finish with that time. …If he didn’t stumble, that time would have been amazing.”

Analyst’s take

“He ran in the low 4.5s (in the 40-yard dash at the combine), but he plays so much faster than that and can really find and play the ball. … He’s got the size and length that you love. He’s big-time explosive. … He’s a dynamic athlete.” — NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah

No. 48, second spherical

Height, weight: 6-1, 206

Why the Bears picked him

The Bears want a security to begin alongside Eddie Jackson, and Brisker could possibly be that participant.

Brisker was named a second-team All-American by a number of shops as a fifth-year senior in 2021 after transferring from junior school in 2019. A defensive chief for the Nittany Lions, he had 153 tackles, 9½ for a loss, 5 interceptions and 14 move breakups in 34 video games and 21 begins.

In his senior season in 2021, he had 64 tackles, 5½ for a loss, two interceptions, 5 move breakups, and a fumble recovery.

Poles lauded his toughness, his team-first mentality and his means to rise to the event, noting a key interception in opposition to Wisconsin.

“One of those attributes you look for in players is can he make big plays in big moments?” Poles mentioned. “And he showed that over and over in his career, so we’re excited about him.”

Why he wasn’t drafted sooner

Brisker, who was The Athletic’s fifth-ranked security, got here up by means of the junior school ranks, so he spent 5 years in school. He performed by means of a shoulder harm in 2021.

Scout’s take

“You’re speaking a couple of large man that‘s physical. We like his toughness. We like his ball skills. … A guy that has got speed, range, ball skills, plus he brings the physical side of the game that we like. Obviously with ‘Flus and his defense, wanting to be a physical team, he also brings that aspect of it too.” — Bears scout Chris Prescott

In his own words

“I just think leading by example is very important, whether that’s off the sector or on the sector. Off the sector, my teammates can rely on me, particularly understanding on my very own, them calling me or reaching out or me reaching out to them. And additionally the top coach can at all times rely on me to do the fitting factor.” — Brisker

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Brisker performed two seasons at Lackawanna Community College earlier than transferring to Penn State in 2019.

“You just take everything one day at a time,” Brisker mentioned. “But really (I learned to) just be humble from the beginning. Me going through junior college is going to help me a lot. It helped me be more mature and helped me see where I was at.”

Analyst’s take

“Jaquan Brisker was a favorite of (Penn State coach) James Franklin’s from start to finish. … Really a versatile safety. He’s not just an in-the-box type.” — ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr.

No. 71, third spherical

Height, weight: 6-0, 204

Why the Bears drafted him

Jones is a speedy receiver who ran a 4.31-second 40-yard sprint on the mix.

He spent 4 years at USC, together with a redshirt freshman year, earlier than transferring to Tennessee for 2 years. He had a career-high 62 catches for 807 yards and 7 touchdowns in 2021.

He was the SEC co-special groups participant of the year in 2021. He had 41 kick returns for 1,026 yards and a landing in two seasons at Tennessee and added 18 punt returns for 272 yards in 2021.

Poles mentioned the Bears worth Jones’ means for use in a number of methods.

“I was looking for those guys that are explosive and they’re playmakers and they can help in many different areas, and that’s what this kid is,” Poles mentioned. “And when you get a chance to meet him, you’ll understand that he’s different. He’s special. There’s something about him. … There’s just an aura about him.

“There’s a lot of really cool traits. This guy breaks a lot of tackles. He can take the top off. His run off the catch is outstanding. He’s big, too. … This isn’t like a skinny, fast dude. This is a strong, violent runner. He used to be a running back, too. There’s a lot we can do.”

Why he wasn’t drafted sooner

After spending six seasons in school, Jones turns 25 in May and nonetheless wants to point out enchancment in his route operating, in line with analysts.

“He’s a mature 25, as opposed to being an older guy who acts like a younger guy and falls in with the college crowd,” Bears scout Sam Summerville mentioned. “He’s very humble and he’s very hungry.”

Scout’s take

(*3*) — Summerville

In his personal phrases

(*4*) — Jones

You ought to know

Jones disregarded questions on being a 25-year-old rookie, noting his lack of main accidents throughout his career.

“Age is nothing but a number,” he mentioned. “I feel like injuries affect you no matter how old you are. I was fortunate. The biggest injury I ever had was a high ankle sprain. Never tore anything, broke anything, so I have the body of, like, a 21-year-old. Age is nothing but a number. A lot of people try to make it a big issue, but at the end of the day, I can play ball, I’m physical, I can run, I can make plays.”

Analyst’s take

“To me the most Deebo (Samuel)-like player — and it would definitely be Deebo-like, he’s not the same talent — but Velus Jones from Tennessee is kind of that guy that’s really, really sturdy and strong and explosive. Like real, real, real fast, somebody on jet sweeps. You see it in the kick return game with him, as well. Just get him the ball and let him go.” — Jeremiah

No. 168, fifth spherical

Height, weight: 6-5, 310

Why the Bears drafted him

The Bears need to add extra expertise and depth to their offensive line as a way to higher assist younger quarterback Justin Fields. That led new common supervisor Ryan Poles to take a Saturday swing on Jones, who’s lauded for his quickness and really feel for the sport. Jones additionally has the type of nasty edge that Poles is seeking to inject into his offensive line and has the prospect to be a strong run blocker on the following stage. Jones began 30 video games at Southern Utah.

Why he wasn’t drafted sooner

Jones, in line with some expertise evaluators, could be inconsistent along with his fundamentals up entrance and could also be significantly weak as a move protector within the NFL. He’s additionally coming from a struggling Football Championship Subdivision within the Big Sky and can virtually actually want time to be molded and developed.

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