The Bears were finally on the clock on day two of the NFL draft. Ryan Poles quickly made moves to fill some holes on defense as well as adding speed and playmaking on the offensive side of the ball. Let’s take a quick look at the picks made by the Bears in rounds 2 and 3.
Round 2 – Pick 39, Kyler Gordon – CB, Washington
Gordon redshirted during the 2018 season but played in four games as a reserve. Gordon earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors in each of the next two seasons and all 13 games with four starts in 2019 (32 tackles, four pass breakups) and played in all four games with one start in 2020 (18 tackles, one pass breakup). Gordon was All-Pac 12 with fellow UW corner Trent McDuffie as first-team All-Pac-12 defenders in 2021 (46 tackles, two for loss, two interceptions, team-high seven pass breakups in 12 starts).
Round 2 – Pick 48, Jaquan Brisker – S, Penn State
In 2021 Brisker was second-team Associated Press All-American and first-team all-Big Ten. He started 12 games (64 tackles, career-high six for loss, two interceptions, five pass breakups) before opting out of the team’s bowl game to prepare for the NFL draft.
Round 3 – Pick 71, Velus Jones – WR, Tennessee
Velus Jones transferred from USC to Tennessee for the 2020 season and started six games for the Volunteers. His receiving production increased in 2021 with 62 receptions and 807 yards ands seven touchdowns. He also shared SEC Special Teams Player of the Year honors with Alabama receiver Jameson Williams as a return specialist.