Chicago Bears 2021 NFL Draft grades and analysis for every pick
By Joseph Herff
Chicago Bears Round 7, Pick No. 250 via SEA
After finally taking defense with Thomas Graham in the previous pick, the Bears added more depth this time to their defensive line in BYU product Khyiris Tonga. This pick solidified the Bears’ overall draft completely addressing every important need.
Tonga comes to the NFL with plenty of experience. He played in 47 total games for the Cougars and constantly flashed abilities to be a great defensive lineman at the next level. Projecting to be a nose tackle at the next level, Tonga is a monster of a human and shows the versatility to play anywhere along the defensive line. He makes his living stopping the run but additionally has the ability to rush the passer as well.
With the Bears losing Roy Roberston-Harris and Brent Urban to free agency, the Bears needed to find more developmental defensive linemen to add to their already solid D-Line room. With Akiem Hicks, Eddie Goldman, Bilal Nichols, and Mario Edwards Jr., the Bears’ defensive line already proves to be very good, but with Hicks aging and in a contract year, Tonga could develop into this replacement eventually.
The Bears likely had more needs at say linebacker or tight end depth, but this selection still is warranted due to Hicks aging and how much the Bears already addressed offense.
Overall Grade: A
The Bears got a franchise quarterback and two offensive linemen to protect him with their first three picks. Every late-round pick looked to be a steal and Ryan Pace was an absolute wizard in the draft this year. If things pan out, Pace should be here for the long haul.