Chicago Bears 2023 2nd-Round Pick: Tyrique Stevenson, CB
3 interceptions, 8 pass deflections, 50 tackles
Besides Darnell Wright, Tyrique Stevenson, whom the team traded up for to select with the 56th pick, is the Bears' selection with the most direct path to contributing on day one. While Kindle Vildor made strides last season, he should provide little resistance against Stevenson in their battle for the other starting cornerback position opposite Jaylon Johnson (with Kyler Gordon in the slot).
The University of Miami product has had a handful of strong showings during OTAs, where he has already gotten his hands on a few passes and has shown solid coverage skills. However, his performance at this stage of the offseason should be taken lightly, and he will have to continue proving he belongs once the pads come on.
The Bears coaching staff preaches the importance of creating turnovers, and Stevenson's athleticism should allow him to get his hands on a few balls. He is the final piece to the Bears' secondary and could be a bright spot on the defensive side of the ball when it is all said and done.
It would not be surprising to see him finish his rookie campaign with a similar stat line to the one Kyler Gordon, who started slow before getting more comfortable as the year progressed, put up in his first season.