With the final pick in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears have selected cornerback Thomas Graham Jr. out of Oregon. Graham Jr. opted out of the 2020 season but finished his career at Oregon with 183 total tackles, 10.5 TFL’s, eight interceptions, and one defensive touchdown.
Graham Jr. likely saw his draft stock take a bit of a hit due to the opt-out, but the fact of the matter is that he now has his opportunity with the Bears, who parted ways with All-Pro Cornerback Kyle Fuller earlier in the offseason.
Thomas Graham Jr. is instinctive, has great ball skills, and is a more than willing tackler, which isn’t necessarily a requirement of the modern-day cornerback. It will be interesting to see where he stands in the Bears cornerback room as the two presumed starters are Jaylon Johnson and Desmond Trufant. His route to a roster spot is proving his value on special teams and potentially playing in the slot as well.
Ryan Pace has won the late rounds of the NFL Draft again and quite honestly hasn’t missed all weekend. The 2021 draft class the Bears have accumulated so far has been exciting enough to restore some hope in the fan base. While draft projections aren’t the end all be all, Thomas Graham Jr. should fit nicely into a hungry Chicago Bears secondary that is looking to gain a new young playmaker.