An exhausted Ryan Poles deliberate to go residence from Halas Hall on Friday evening and put his cellphone on “do not disturb” so he might get some relaxation earlier than a busy Day 3 of the NFL draft.
But the Chicago Bears basic supervisor imagines it is perhaps arduous to chill out after he helped his protection take a step ahead with three additions from the second and third rounds.
“I’ll go sit down at home and be wired,” Poles stated. “And I’ll have to watch TV and eventually fall asleep.”
One evening after addressing the offense by taking Tennessee offensive deal with Darnell Wright, Poles targeted on filling key holes on the protection, deciding on Florida defensive deal with Gervon Dexter at No. 53, Miami cornerback Tyrique Stevenson at No. 56 and South Carolina defensive deal with Zacch Pickens at No. 64.
Poles traded up with the Jacksonville Jaguars to get Stevenson, giving them the No. 136 decide to maneuver up 5 spots.
On Thursday evening, Poles left open the chance that he would commerce up from 53 due to the massive hole between their first and second picks. That didn’t materialize, however when he thought Stevenson may not final till 61, he made his transfer.
Stevenson, who’s 6 toes, 198 kilos, is a quick, bodily cornerback who had three interceptions and 14 passes defended in his remaining two seasons in school. He transferred from Georgia to Miami after two seasons.
Poles sees Stevenson as a perfect outdoors cornerback however stated he likes his versatility to play inside, too, identical to 2022 second-round decide Kyler Gordon. Stevenson will are available to compete for taking part in time in a bunch that features Gordon and Jaylon Johnson.
“Big, physical corner,” Poles stated. “Tackles. Will strike you. Good ball skills. What stands out about him in coverage, he has a ton of poise. Really stays in control through all of his movements and especially when the ball’s in the air.”
Stevenson, who had a Bears hat on for his video information convention, stated he prides himself on his soccer IQ, versatility and play model.
He stated coach Matt Eberflus stated the Bears invited him on a top-30 go to to Halas Hall within the predraft course of “because I play the game how it used to be played. Very tough and very physical.” Poles stated they favored what they noticed on the Senior Bowl.
“He really flashed to us even more at the Senior Bowl in one-on-ones and some of those press techniques, and you’re like, man, this guy is long and physical,” Poles stated. “You’ve got to be confident to get in someone’s face and take care of business on the line of scrimmage. He did that with an unbelievable skill set and length and all that. And then the poise and the routes, to really stay calm and read the hip and stay in position. So then let’s go back to the tape and watch these situations and we see him excel there, which is going to help him at this level.”
In Dexter and Pickens, Poles thinks he has two gamers who can bounce into an inside defensive position rotation with Justin Jones and Andrew Billings. He stated they each could be moved to both three-technique or nostril deal with.
“In this league, in terms of the defensive line, you’ve got to have really two waves,” Poles stated. “So we’ve been able to start that inside. They’re multipliers. They punch the pocket, they dent the pocket. That makes it a shorter edge for the outside guys. In the run game, they’re tougher to move. That allows your linebackers to flow and run even better. They multiple and help everybody.”
Dexter, who’s 6-foot-5, 310 kilos, had 125 tackles, 9 ½ tackles for a loss, 4 ½ sacks, two interceptions and 4 passes defended in three seasons at Florida. Poles known as him huge, robust and very athletic. He stated the previous basketball participant began off in school uncooked however continued to get higher.
“If you go back and watch his freshman tape, he’s out there just kind of throwing people around,” Poles stated. “He doesn’t really feel pressure yet and understand block recognition and all that. And then the next year it gets even better in terms of the feel, and then this year, it got even better. The other thing we look at is the play time for these big guys. When they start hitting in the 60, 70%, it’s hard to be full throttle all the time, so you’re going to see some up and down, so that’s where that whole grading the flashes kind of comes from because at this level, you’d like to get a nice little rotation with those guys so they stay fresh and explosive.”
In 4 seasons at South Carolina, Pickens, whom Poles known as lengthy and athletic, had 131 tackles, 11 ½ tackles for a loss, 7 ½ sacks and 4 passes defended.
The 6-foot-4, 291-pound Pickens was voted the South Carolina MVP as a senior however believes he can obtain larger issues on the NFL stage with extra constant teaching. He desires to be extra constantly bodily as a substitute of simply exhibiting flashes. Poles stated they favored Pickens’ means to self assess and his willingness to take teaching.
“I’m going to be 10 times better than I was in college,” Pickens stated. “I haven’t reached the level I could be and I’m definitely going to hold myself accountable to everything I do, especially going to the Bears.”
The Bears open Day 3 of the draft with the primary decide of the fourth spherical, No. 103. They have 4 extra picks after that: Nos. 133, 148, 218, 258. The Bears nonetheless have a necessity for an edge rusher, and Poles stated he thinks there are some good gamers obtainable.
“We’ll sleep on it because we’re all kind of gassed right now,” Poles stated. “So we’ll come back fresh and make some decisions on who we kick this thing off with and also see if there’s opportunity to move back as well.”