The Bears traded up to select Stevenson, who had 2 interceptions and 7 pass deflections in 2022. He started his collegiate career at Georgia, but it was at Miami where he really came into his own. He was a two-year full-time starter with the Hurricanes and earned third-team All-ACC recognition in his last season in college.
Chicago acquired him as the last piece of their starting secondary for the 2023 season. He, Jaylon Johnson and Kyler Gordon form a talented cornerback group with Jaquan Brisker and Eddie Jackson on the back end at safety.
Right after the pick was made, I took to Twitter for my annual Bears draft pick analysis threads. This time, I broke down Stevenson’s strengths and what makes him a player worth being excited about with one of Chicago’s second-round selections.
THREAD: The #Bears have given themselves a loaded secondary by drafting Miami CB Tyrique Stevenson in Round 2.— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 29, 2023
Stevenson’s physicality and patience stand out to me in man coverage.— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 29, 2023
He maintains good footwork and hand usage through a WR’s stems, and he’s combative at the catch point. #Bears pic.twitter.com/b744zsYEdY
Stevenson is a sound processor who works off rub routes well and times his jumps on routes effectively.— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 29, 2023
His above-average route recognition skills really help him out in coverage. #Bears pic.twitter.com/68jCFGxDOn
Here’s Stevenson’s #RAS card.— Jacob Infante (@jacobinfante24) April 29, 2023
Size, length and physicality are the name of the game with him. Explosive leaper with good speed, and his hip fluidity is good enough on tape. #Bears pic.twitter.com/uCBdE5Roes