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Film study: New Bears CB Terell Smith a lengthy, physical corner

WCG’s lead draft analyst takes a look at what Terell Smith brings to the Bears.

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With the No. 165 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears selected Minnesota cornerback Terell Smith.

After using a second-round pick on Miami (FL) cornerback Tyrique Stevenson, the Bears further invested in the secondary with Smith, a lengthy and physical defensive back with impressive athletic tools. He showcased very good deep speed and willingness as a tackler on tape, making him an ideal fit for their secondary and a strong depth piece along the boundary.

Smith started for the Golden Gophers in 2018 but served as a reserve in 2019 and 2020. It was in 2021 when he made his way back into the starting lineup, and in 2022 he had his best season yet from a statistical perspective with 2 interceptions and 5 pass deflections.

Once Chicago made the pick, I headed to Twitter to put together a thread with a mini scouting report and notable clips regarding Smith.