With the No. 53 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears selected Florida defensive tackle Gervon Dexter.
Dexter was a 5-star recruit coming out of high school, and he was a three-sport athlete who also starred in basketball and track and field. Though he only played two years of high school football, he exploded onto the scene right away and finished with 18 sacks as a senior prior to taking his talents to Florida in 2020.
After showing impressive flashes to solidify himself onto NFL radars in 2021, Dexter built upon it with a strong 2022 season. He finished as one of the top-testing defensive tackles at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine, and from a physical perspective, he has a lot of tools needed to succeed along the interior at the defensive level.
Once Chicago made the pick, I headed to Twitter to put together a thread with a mini scouting report and notable clips regarding Dexter.
THREAD: The #Bears drafted Florida DT Gervon Dexter with the No. 53 pick, giving them a much-needed upgrade for their DL.— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 29, 2023
Dexter is one of the better interior run defenders in the 2023 draft.— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 29, 2023
He has impressive grip strength and a strong anchor, as well as very good situational awareness against the run. #Bears pic.twitter.com/T00bcXwzDN
The sheer strength that Dexter plays with allows him to dominate at the point of attack.— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 29, 2023
He lands his strikes well and has a nice arsenal of hand techniques to stack and shed blocks. #Bears pic.twitter.com/5I1ncfTIwN
Dexter is quick off the ball, and he tested incredibly well.— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 29, 2023
His first step is above-average for a defensive tackle, making him a valuable asset worth developing on passing downs. #Bears pic.twitter.com/2UBAFRU4su
Dexter’s closing speed when he gets into space is nuts.— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 29, 2023
His hand activity and power at the point of attack give him value rushing as a 3-tech or as a 1-tech. #Bears pic.twitter.com/bSBVqDljyv
Here’s Dexter’s #RAS card. Tested insanely well, as you can obviously tell.— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 29, 2023
I think he’s better as a 1-tech, but he’s a versatile DL who has impressive physical tools. If he can improve his pad level, he’s a long-term starter for the #Bears. pic.twitter.com/F0ufokVJ1r