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Chicago Moves up, Focuses on Defense in Day 2

After taking an OT Darnell Wright with their first round pick, GM Ryan Poles went to the defensive side of the ball for both his second round selections.

For his first pick, GM Ryan Poles stayed put at No. 53 to select DT Grevon Dexter Sr out of Florida.

With Eddie Goldman long gone, the Bears needed to add interior linemen to help out the rest of the developing edge players in Chicago.

Dexter is not much in the way of a pass-rusher, with only 4.5 sacks in his career, but he has a NFL ready size and frame to be a big force in the middle.

This past season, Dexter had two sacks, four tackles for loss, an interception and a pass defended.

The former Gator does have some areas of concern in his game, with him frequently being slow off the snap and his poor hand positioning.

With his next pick, Poles made his first trade up in the draft as GM for the Bears and selected CB Tyrique Stevenson out of Miami.

Stevenson is a physical corner who can play press coverage, but has enough wheels on him to recover if he's falling behind.

The former Cane also fits in with head coach Matt Eberflus' turnover hungry defensive mindset as Stevenson picked off three passes over the last two seasons, while defending 11 passes.

Stevenson will have to improve in his run support and not breaking down in zone coverage.

However with the physical tools and learning from one of the best defensive coaches in football, Stevenson could be a great corner for Chicago.

This pick also allows the Bears to test out Kyler Gordon back in the slot with the size of Stevenson profiling him as an outside corner.

With their final pick of day, the Bears used it on another interior defensive line with Zacch Pickens out of South Carolina.

Pickens has good up the field speed with a quick first step with his 6'4 frame at 291 pounds. He has harmonious movement between his hands and feet and will be a good one gap defender for the Bears.

While he had a down year in 2022 comapred to his 2021 season, where he had four sacks and five tackles for loss, he still had a good 2022.

The former Gamecock had 2.5 sacks and four tackles for loss.

The concern here is that he will get moved by drive blockers in the NFL on the interior.

He profiles as just a rotational player, but does have some starting potential if things go well. The Bears are taking a risk here, but a calculated move by Poles.

Lets see what the Bears do with two fourth round picks, a fifth and two seventh round picks (for now).


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