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Roster Moves: Bears sign draft picks Dexter, Stevenson

Bears rookies Gervon Dexter Sr. and Tyrique Stevenson
Bears rookies Gervon Dexter Sr. and Tyrique Stevenson

After concluding their mandatory minicamp Thursday, the Bears will head into their offseason break with all 10 of their rookie draft picks under contract.

Second-round selections Gervon Dexter Sr., a defensive tackle from Florida, and Tyrique Stevenson, a cornerback from Miami, inked four-year deals Thursday. They had been the final two unsigned members of the Bears' 2023 draft class.

Dexter impressed during offseason practices and is working to improve his lower-body flexibility by doing Pilates. He's also focused on getting out of his stance quicker because he's being utilized differently by the Bears than he was in college. 

"He's really learning how to take off," said coach Matt Eberflus. "At Florida, he was more of a two-gap guy, so he was more square, moving with the offensive linemen, not moving off the ball in a takeoff position. He's working on that. We elongated his stance a little bit to help him do that and we moved him around a little bit. He's playing the nose, he's playing the three. 

"What I like most about him is his hustle. Man, he hustles. He's got his track shoes on and he is running out there, which is great to see from a guy who's 308, something like that, 6-foot-5."

Stevenson, meanwhile, has shown ball skills, instincts and athleticism while working with the first-team defense in OTA and minicamp workouts. 

"We love where he is in terms of his length, his competitiveness and we know he tackles," Eberflus said. "We know he likes to hit. That's why he's here. Corners need to tackle. They need to really be a physical force out there and he's going to do that, and we're excited about that."

Check out the action from Halas Hall as the Bears hit the practice fields for the team's mandatory minicamp.

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