CHICAGO – The Bears have a defensive-minded head coach in Matt Eberflus, so it made sense that they targeted defense early and throughout the NFL Draft.

One defensive position grouping that was in need of a lot of help was, well, most of the secondary. The Bears already had two quality starters in Eddie Jackson and Jaylon Johnson entering the draft, but it was obvious they needed more depth and another starter or two.

The Bears took cornerback Kyler Gordon and safety Jaquan Brisker with their first two picks of the draft, but it may be Elijah Hicks that comes away as the draft class’s top defensive back after watching these highlights that were tweeted out by the Bears’ social media team:

Now, it’s clear the odds are stacked against a seventh-round pick, especially when comparing their potential against that of second-rounders. But as you can see, Hicks has the athleticism and playmaking ability to surprise his doubters in regard to making an NFL roster.

Hicks was First-Team All-Pac-12 selection in 2021. His versatility as a corner and safety and his three interceptions -which tied for third-most in the conference- were a big reason why. He also recorded 1.0 sack and a career-high 47 tackles and 5.5 tackles for loss during his final season at Cal. It’s clear the kid knows how to make plays and he knows how to do it consistently.

The Bears have plenty of questions to answer in the secondary as the 2022 season rolls along. Who knows? Maybe Hicks ends up as one of the answer to those questions.

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