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Film study: New Bears DL Khyiris Tonga a powerful space-eater

The Bears added some intriguing defensive line depth in the form of their seventh-round pick.

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The Bears added some depth along their defensive line by selecting BYU’s Khyiris Tonga with the No. 250 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Tonga was a productive defensive lineman for the Cougars, tallying 130 tackles and 16 tackles for a loss in his four seasons. He’s a stout defender at 6-foot-2 and 325 pounds with a thick frame and plenty of raw power at the point of attack.

An intelligent interior defender who does a great job of freeing his hands up in run support to make plays, Tonga’s hand usage and raw power at the point of attack makes him a force to be reckoned with at the nose tackle position. He is able to convert speed to power and penetrate the backfield and has solid first-step quickness.

I took to the tape to describe what Tonga brings to the Bears and what to expect from him.

Give Robert Schmitz’s Bear With me Podcast a listen as he and Jacob Infante breaks down the play of Khyiris Tonga and how he’ll fit in with the Bears.