The Chicago Bears‘ goal this offseason is clear: build a dominant defense.

Most of Chicago’s resources have gone toward the defense this offseason, and that included their first two picks on Friday night.

With their first pick of the night, the Bears selected Washington cornerback Kyler Gordon.

And with the second pick, Chicago went with Penn State safety Jaquan Brisker.

Here’s the NFL.com scouting report on Brisker (who has been compared to Kansas City Chiefs safety Justin Reid):

Athletic safety prospect whose versatility and toughness will endear him to coaches during the evaluation process. Brisker continued to pick up elements of the defensive scheme and his play has steadily transformed from hesitant in 2019 to downright instinctive in 2021. He has the versatility to become a moving chess piece in a variety of coverages and has the size and talent to match up with both “Y” and “F” tight ends. He played with a banged-up shoulder in 2021 so his 2020 tape is a clearer indicator of his run support acumen. Brisker is an ascending talent with the NFL traits to become a long-time starter as a Day 2 draft pick.

Oct 23, 2021; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions safety Jaquan Brisker (1) warms up prior to the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

This is a selection that won’t generate a bunch of headlines. It won’t be viewed as a “splash”. But it’s a good pick that helps Chicago build a great defensive foundation.

The Bears have made it clear under new general manager Ryan Poles and new head coach Matt Eberflus that they want a tough, old-school mentality in Chicago.

Building the defense through the draft is one of the best ways to do that.

The Bears have a clear plan. Free up salary, build a tenacious defense, and then finish building the team through free agency.

This is step one. And so far, the Bears are nailing it.

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