The Chicago Bears traded their 2021 fourth-round pick to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for a 2020 fifth-round pick (155 overall) to add Tulsa's outside linebacker, Trevis Gipson. The Bears recently released his "Meet the Rookies" interview, which provided some knowledge behind his motivation.
During the interview, Trevis Gipson offered insight into why he plays so recklessly. Gipson describes how much it motivated him to only get one D1 offer. "I just felt like I was underestimated and overlooked and it put a real big chip on my shoulder," stated Gipson. He says he brings it up in every interview. It wasn't surprising that Gipson seemed excited to learn behind Khalil Mack, but one thing that wasn't tied into the interview was the fact that Mack himself also came from a smaller D1 school in Buffalo. Now Mack was a top recruit, and Gipson was a day three pick, but both could carry a similar chip for being looked over coming out of high school.
Trevis Gipson also comes from an athletic family. His grandfather played for the Oakland Raiders and his brother plays professional basketball overseas. Even though Gipson is 6-foot-4 and 268 lbs, he was still the small one in his family. Both his father and brother have at least five inches on him. This could also serve as an explanation for Gipson's style of play. Siblings competing in the back yard is always for pride. If you're matched up against someone towering over you, you have to go all out. You can see the energy and effort in Gipson's highlight tape.
Trevis Gipson doesn't shy away from contact. He plays with a motor and clearly has a chip on his shoulder. This is a common theme for Bears' incoming free-agent and draft classes. Right now the Bears' third pass-rushing spot is wide open. Aaron Lynch was that guy the past two years, but he declined and Isaiah Irving took over. Unfortunately, Irving hasn't progressed the way the Bears would have liked, but that gives Gipson every opportunity to get snaps at OLB. However, there will be a learning curve. Gipson will be transitioning from a 4-3 end to a 3-4 outside linebacker, but he'll be going through it with Robert Quinn. Having a proven veteran making the same position switch could help accelerate the process.
During his "Meet the Rookies" interview, Trevis Gipson's answers always led back to him only getting one D1 offer. It's very clear that he has something to prove. He will have every opportunity to see his fair share of snaps and start proving people wrong. It's up to him to take his spot during training camp and produce as a rookie.