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That's right, the Bears drafted a punter. And he was the fourth punter drafted in 2022, a record.
The Bears needed to replace longtime punter Pat O'Donnell, who signed with the Green Bay Packers this offseason.
Gill was a First Team All-ACC player. In 2022, Gill led the ACC with an average of 45.1 yards per punt and led the conference twice in yards per punt.
When Day 3 began, the Bears only had three picks. Thanks to a flurry of trades, general manager managed to amass eight total picks between Rounds 4 through 7.
Those trades increase the Bears' overall draft pick count from six to 11.
He then went back to the defense and selected Miami (OH) edge rusher Dominique Robinson.
With pick No. 254, Poles picked Cal safety Elijah Hicks, his third DB of the draft. And with their final pick of the 2022 NFL Draft, Poles selected a punter to replace Pat O'Donnell, NC State's Trenton Gill.
On Day 2, the Bears added Washington cornerback Kyler Gordon to put opposite Jaylon Johnson with their first pick of the 2022 NFL Draft. Poles went back to the secondary with his next pic and selected Penn State safety Jaquan Brisker.
In the third round, Poles selected Tennessee wide receiver/return specialist Velus Jones Jr.
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