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Recapping Day Three Of The NFL Draft For The Chicago Bears

We’re on Day Three of the NFL draft. Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Poles entered the day with three picks to work with, but ended up with a lot more come the end of the day.

The Bears were scheduled to have a pair of round five picks at #148 and #150 but traded out of both of those slots when they came up. It was a game of cat and mouse for a bit as Bears fans waited anxiously for Poles to make a pick.

To sum it up, the Bears began the day with the picks above and 186. They ended the day with 168, 174, 186, 203, 207, 226, 254, and 255.

Just like Friday night, here’s the initial reaction to the picks.

#168 Braxton Jones, OL, Southern Utah

The Bears waited until the fifth round to address their offensive line and grabbed a guy who is a plus athlete. It’s an upside pick who has some favorable physical tools. Jones is 6’5” 310 lbs and ran a sub 5.00 40-yard dash.

Jones played left tackle at Southern Utah but I think the Bears will look to move him to guard. His footwork and strength aren’t great. Placing him at left tackle would be a risky move. He may not be ready for NFL snaps just yet, but Poles, a former offensive lineman, favors the makeup of Jones.

#174 Dominique Robinson, EDGE, Miami (OH)

A sneaky need for Chicago is pass rusher. Robert Quinn isn’t getting any older and Khalil Mack was traded in the offseason. Trevis Gipson, a former fifth-round pick, has shown flashes, but nothing yet to suggest he can be a consistent threat off the edge.

Robinson, who began his career in college as a wide receiver, didn’t make any starts in 2021 but is a very intriguing prospect.

Remember Leonard Floyd? Robinson has similar measurable. He’s long, athletic, lacks some strength but has potential. As stated above, he came into college as a wide receiver and hasn’t been playing defense for long. A potential diamond in the rough to challenge Gipson for snaps.

#186 Zach Thomas, OL, San Diego State

Poles doubled down on the tackle position by taking Thomas in the sixth round. Another plus athlete, Thomas could also play guard like Jones. He primarily played tackle with the Aztecs.

As you’ve seen already and will see later, this isn’t the only offensive lineman the Bears have added in this draft. Poles has the vision of bringing in multiple linemen to see if any will stick. Similar makeup to Jones, but a little more proven.

#203 Trestan Ebner, RB, Baylor

Ebner is listed as a running back, but like third-round pick Velus Jones Jr, his best skill is his return ability. He has also lined up at wide receiver and posted 1,515 career receiving yards and 11 touchdowns with Baylor. Rushing, he had 1,690 yards and nine touchdowns.

Another versatile chess piece for offensive coordinator Luke Getsy just like Jones Jr. It doesn’t really make sense for him to focus on being a running back. That room is already full with David Montgomery, Khalil Herbert, and Darrynton Evans in town. The Bears get another “gadget” player in round six.

#207 Doug Kramer, C, Illinois

We’re not done with offensive linemen just yet! Kramer, who is from the Chicago area and went to Illinois, stays close to home. A three-year starter for the Fighting Illini, his experience at the Power 5 level is a plus.

His strength is below average. Look for him to replace Mustipher as the backup center and possibly see the field off the bench at guard.

#226 Ja’Tyre Carter, OL, Southern

Poles loves his offensive linemen. As a former lineman himself, can you blame him? Poles continues to pile up the big fellas with yet another lineman. Carter started in five games as a freshman and a regular starter for the three years after that. There isn’t much else to say. He’ll compete for a bench spot throughout camp at tackle.

#254 Elijah Hicks, S, California

The Bears weren’t done on defense just yet. Hicks was a highly productive player at Cal after switching to a safety from cornerback. He has 211 tackles, 14.5 TFL, five interceptions, six forced fumbles and 14 passes defended.

Getting a player with that much production this late in the draft is a nice scoop by Poles and Matt Eberflus.

#255 Trenton Gill, P, NC State

A punter! Woohoo! With Pat O’Donnell in Green Bay, the Bears were currently without a punter. Instead of waiting to sign a UDFA or another free agent, Chicago opted to use a seventh-round pick on one. I think the only punter some fans knew about in this draft was the Punt God.

I won’t pretend I know anything about this guy. Take a look at his numbers here.

Never underestimate the value of special teams. Just ask the Green Bay Packers.

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