LAKE FOREST, Ill. (CBS/AP) – The Chicago Bears filled a need in the secondary with their first draft pick under new general manager Ryan Poles, selecting Washington cornerback Kyler Gordon in the second round 39th overall on Friday night.
The Bears were looking for a potential starter against Jaylon Johnson. Gordon, athletic and hard-hitting, fits that description.
He had 46 tackles – two for loss – and two interceptions to go along with seven pass breakups in 12 starts last season. Washington went 4-8 and finished fifth in the Pac-12 North with a 3-6 conference mark.
The Bears also had the 48th overall pick as well as one in the third round (71), two in the fifth (148 and 150) and one in the sixth (186). They were without a first-rounder after trading him to the New York Giants last year to replace quarterback Justin Fields.
The Bears went 6-11 last season and missed the playoffs for the ninth time in 11 years. This convinced chairman George McCaskey to make big changes, so he fired former general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy and replaced them with the Poles and Matt Eberflus.
The Poles reworked the roster, trading star passer Khalil Mack to the Los Angeles Chargers. His most notable free agent signing was a three-year deal with former Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi, who was wiped out due to physical failure.
The Bears arrived with issues to deal with on both sides, given their offense ranked among the worst in the NFL last year and the defense moving to a 4-3 front after going 3-4 for seven years. .
Fields had an uneven rookie season, mixing promising flashes with more interceptions (10) than touchdown passes (seven). The former Ohio State star had an unimpressive passer rating of 73.2.
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