As is tradition with Ryan Pace as general manager, the Bears traded up to get their guy, trading a 2021 fourth-round pick to move up to select Tulsa edge rusher Trevis Gipson with the No. 155 overall pick.
The 6-foot-3, 261-pound Gipson started for two seasons at Tulsa and is coming off of a 2019 campaign in which he tallied 8 sacks and 15 tackles for a loss. A lengthy, athletic and productive force off the edge, he fills a major need as depth behind Khalil Mack and Robert Quinn, players under whom he can develop and improve his technique a bit.
To give you all an idea of what to expect from Gipson and how his skill set translates to the Bears’ defense, check out my thread on Twitter detailing the new Monster of the Midway.
THREAD: Tulsa EDGE Trevis Gipson is the pick for the #Bears at No. 155, and I’m personally a huge fan of this selection.— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 25, 2020
Gipson brings some fantastic physical tools to the table. The 6-foot-3, 261-pounder has very long arms and great acceleration off the snap. pic.twitter.com/JkKIlVuC4W— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 25, 2020
Gipson has impressive short-area burst and is able to fire off the snap and penetrate the backfield quickly. He also has quick hands and plays with a high motor. pic.twitter.com/66AsMM29Jq— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 25, 2020
Gipson has 8 sacks and 15 TFLs as a captain for Tulsa in 2019, so he‘s a productive and proven edge rusher. He fights consistently to maintain proper hand placement and prevent blockers from entering his frame. pic.twitter.com/L7yepwvXl9— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 25, 2020
Gipson has wicked bend and lateral quickness off the edge. His athletic abilities should make him a valuable asset for the #Bears on passing downs. pic.twitter.com/B8awz73I3d— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 25, 2020
Gipson also has a nose for the football, having forced 8 fumbles in his college career.— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 25, 2020
Overall, Gipson is fantastic value in the fifth round, and I love him as a developmental edge prospect who can make an impact as a rotational guy right away for the #Bears. pic.twitter.com/4CkeHJ0LS4
What do you think of the selection of Trevis Gipson? Let me know in the comments below, or you can tell me in the replies of the thread above.
For more on the Gipson pick, give Jacob a listen, along with EJ Snyder, on Robert Schmitz’s Bear With Me podcast!