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The Chicago Bears finally made their first selection on Day 3 of the 2022 NFL draft, selecting Southern Utah offensive tackle Braxton Jones with the 168th overall pick.
Jones has played both left and right tackle, but he’s played primarily at left tackle during his career. Last season, Jones had 11 starts at left tackle and was named first-team All-Big Sky and an All-FCS player.
Jones started in Southern Utah’s zone-run scheme for three years and is a great run blocker. He has prototypical size for an NFL tackle at 6’5, 310 pounds with 35.4” arms.
However, he’s a developmental prospect and struggled against FBS competition, so he will need time to adjust to the NFL. While he could develop into a starter, he’s likely a depth piece that supports both tackle positions.