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Bears Add BYU Nose Tackle Khyiris Tonga at Pick #250 in the 7th Round

The Bears round out their 2021 NFL Draft by selecting nose tackle Khyiris Tonga at pick #250 in the seventh round.

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It’s been quite an eventful NFL Draft for Ryan Pace and the Chicago Bears. Early big-name picks and savvy mid-round selections brought excitement to Bears fans, but the show is almost over.

With the 250th overall pick in the seventh round of the 2021 NFL Draft, the Bears selected BYU nose tackle Khyiris Tonga.

Tonga stands at 6-foot-2 and weighs in at 325 lbs. During his time at BYU, Tonga recorded 68 solo tackles, 61 assisted tackles, 7.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and 11 PDs.

Given his position, Tonga looks to clog up the middle of the line and serve as an aggressive tackler in the teeth of a defense. Below is a more detailed scouting report.

“Space-eating nose for odd or even fronts with excellent size and quality shed power but lacking desired knee bend to consistently grow his roots against opposing power. There are moments when Tonga really flashed over the last two seasons, but a step up in competition will test him. He’s not overly explosive, but his initial hand quickness will allow him early positioning advantages that can be capitalized upon. He’s not going to be a third-down option for an NFL rush attack. However, he will use brute force to create some pressure up the gut. He has the upside to become a low-end, early-down starter but a career as a backup should be his floor.”

Lance Zierlein, NFL.com
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Adding Khyiris Tonga to the mix marks just the second Bears’ defensive selection of the 2021 NFL Draft. To get a feel for what Tonga looks like in action, check out the video below.


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