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Bears select CB Kyler Gordon with 39th overall pick in NFL draft

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The Chicago Bears selected Washington Huskies cornerback Kyler Gordon with the 39th overall pick in the 2022 NFL draft.

Gordon was considered to be a first-round prospect by some, but the Bears were able to nab him early in the second.

During his time at Washington, Gordon didn’t allow a touchdown in 18 college starts. Last season, Gordon totaled 45 tackles, two interceptions, seven pass breakups and one forced fumble with the Huskies.

Here’s what NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein had to say about Gordon:

Cornerback who comes with an elite, high-performance engine but a GPS still in the process of loading. Gordon’s dynamic athletic qualities will show up in testing, but more importantly, they are all over his tape. His blend of play strength and explosive burst affects the passing game from press, off-man and zone coverages. He plays with an alpha demeanor and hitting is definitely part of his overall package. Gordon lacks polish and needs to play with better route recognition and anticipation, but if those elements click, his ball production could be near the top of the league as one of the top playmakers in the game.

Despite the focus being on offensive needs, the Bears opted to address their biggest concern on defense, which was cornerback. Now, Chicago gets to pair Jaylon Johnson with another lockdown corner in Gordon.

The Bears have two picks remaining on Day 2, including the 48th overall pick in the second round and the 71st overall selection in the third round.

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