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The Chicago Bears were supposed to be making the first selection of the day earlier in the fifth round, but general manager Ryan Poles had other plans. Poles traded down three times, first with the Buffalo Bills, then with the Houston Texans, and finally with the Cincinnati Bengals to acquire more draft picks.
They finally did make their first selection though, drafting offensive tackle Braxton Jones from Southern Utah with the 168th overall pick.
Jones gives the Bears more options on the offensive line. He primarily played left tackle while in college, but is more of a raw prospect. He was named first-team All-Big Sky the last two seasons of his collegiate career.
Jones is the first selection for the offensive line. Here’s are how Bears fans are reacting to the pick.
Braxton Jones has a ton of talent. Very athletic and long but he’s raw. VG pick at this point https://t.co/FSXVZ4CzQd
— Greg Gabriel (@greggabe) April 30, 2022
OL reinforcements. Probably won’t be a 2022 contributor, though? https://t.co/btEcbLSJRm
— Dhruv Koul (@DhruvKoul) April 30, 2022
The #Bears take OT Braxton Jones from Southern Utah in Round 5!
Love this pick. Athletic pass protector who fits the scheme very well and excelled at the Senior Bowl. Also a really good dude when I talked to him.
— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 30, 2022
#Bears select OT Braxton Jones and that’s actually an amazing pick here so late into the 5th round.
He’ll likely be the prime competition for Larry Borom at LT. Barring any free agents being signed.
— Erik Duerrwaechter (@EDuerrwaechter) April 30, 2022
Very clear that Ryan Poles has a type. Jones is not too big but can get out and run. 8.44 is the lowest RAS score the Bears have taken so far (if I’m not mistaken) and that’s still very high https://t.co/k23buL8g8x
— Jeremy Layton (@JeremyLayt0n) April 30, 2022
#DaBears at 168 go with Southern Utah OT Braxton Jones. Another developmental OT with ridiculous traits. Included him in my Senior Bowl Monster Measurables 6051 306 1018 3600 8428. Had a 1.74×10 in Indy. #DaBears #NFLDraft @DraftTap @BarroomNetwork
— Niel Stopczynski (@nielstopczynski) April 30, 2022
Our @dpbrugler had new Bears OT Braxton Jones (Southern Utah) with a fourth-round grade.
"Jones needs improved timing, technique and anchor before he is ready for NFL reps, but his
movement skills and length are outstanding foundational traits."
— Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain) April 30, 2022
Time to pretend I have known and desired OT Braxton Jones all of my life
— Zero Doinks: A Weird Bears Podcast (@ZeroDoinks) April 30, 2022
— Bear Goggles On (@BearGogglesOn) April 30, 2022
Braxton Jones 93.6 run block grade at PFF I’m rolling lol
— i’m him (@_312DARIUS) April 30, 2022
— Danny Shimon (@dshimon56) April 30, 2022
Braxton Jones has a 4th round grade. Excellent.
— Kris 🌻 (@KrisArmstrong1) April 30, 2022
Having a TON of picks day 3 allows you to take developmental prospects like Braxton Jones.
I’m loving this strategy.
— Maxx (@MaxxSmithESM) April 30, 2022
I was a big fan of Jones. His some of the most upside of any developmental tackle in the class. 35 inch arms! Plays a little high but you can’t teach the movement skills he has at that size. Plays very balanced for the most part #Bears
— Bears Blog Boy (@TommyK_NFLDraft) April 30, 2022
#Bears draft Southern Utah OT Braxton Jones. A lot of good traits to like, but he's probably a guy who will need to develop a little bit before he sees the field. Good upside at this point.
— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) April 30, 2022
Bears select Braxton Jones OT out of southern Utah. Prototypical size and strength. Good movement for his size. Raw and a bit of a project but could be really good in a few years pic.twitter.com/fGAJspL6Qv
— Chicago Football Connection (@CFCBears) April 30, 2022