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The Bears kicked off their rookie minicamp Thursday by signing the final four players they selected in the draft to four-year contracts.

The group consists of Oregon linebacker Noah Sewell, Minnesota cornerback Terell Smith, Kennesaw State defensive tackle Travis Bell and Stanford safety Kendall Williamson.

Sewell appeared in 33 games over three seasons at Oregon, registering 215 tackles, 19.5 tackles-for-loss, 7.5 sacks, 11 passes defended, three forced fumbles and two interceptions. He is the younger brother of Lions third-year offensive tackle Penei Sewell.

Asked what advice Penei gave him about entering the NFL, Noah said: "Just put your head down and grind. Just put in the hard work, and the hard work will repay you in many ways." 

Smith played in 37 games over five seasons at Minnesota, recording 109 tackles, 6.5 tackles-for-loss, four interceptions and 16 pass breakups. Last year he was named Honorable Mention all-Big Ten after starting all 13 contests and producing 38 tackles, 4.5 tackles-for-loss, two interceptions and five pass breakups.

Bell appeared in 44 games over five years at Kennesaw State, compiling 11 sacks and 24.5 tackles-for-loss. As a graduate student last year, he totaled a career-high 30 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Bell is the first Kennesaw State player ever to be drafted.

Williamson appeared in 44 games over five seasons at Stanford, registering 213 tackles, 11.0 tackles-for-loss, 1.5 sacks, one interception, 13 pass breakups, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Last season he played in 10 contests and recorded 50 tackles, 2.5 tackles-for-loss, one interception, three pass breakups and one forced fumble.

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