REPORT: The Bears have their eyes on this HUGE DT
BY V. CARBONNEAU DECEMBER 2, 2023 (3:20 PM)
In terms of talent acquisition, Poles has been strategic, ensuring that potential is distributed across all positions. Despite selecting three defensive tackles in the 2023 draft, with standout players like Gervon Dexter and Zacch Pickens, the Bears show no signs of complacency for the upcoming season. Within the team's headquarters, there's buzz around a standout player from Texas, defensive tackle Tyrell Thunder. Regarded as the top nose tackle in the nation, Thunder's combination of size (340 lbs), strength, and unexpected agility makes him a sought-after prospect.
The Bears' interest in Thunder is not surprising, given his stature as a player who could potentially be a long-term successor to the reliable Andrew Billings, especially as Billings will be nearing 29 in 2024. Thunder represents a new breed of player with a taller, more expansive reach, and his athleticism could draw extra focus from opposing teams. While not primarily known as a pass rusher, his presence on the line could create new dynamics for the Bears.
Ryan Poles has made it clear that he values linemen who can bring size, power, and agility to the team, and Thunder fits this profile perfectly. He is anticipated to be picked in the later rounds of the draft, with his final position likely influenced by his performance in pre-draft evaluations. His potential pairing with Dexter could fortify the Bears' defensive line significantly, presenting a challenge for any opposition.