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Bears choose safety Kendall Williamson in seventh round


With the second-to-last pick in the draft, the Bears selected Stanford safety Kendall Williamson in the seventh round at No. 258 overall.

The 6-foot, 203-pounder appeared in 44 games over five seasons for the Cardinal, compiling 213 tackles, 11.0 tackles-for-loss, 1.5 sacks, one interception, 13 pass breakups, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

Last season Williamson played in 10 contests and recorded 50 tackles, 2.5 tackles-for-loss, one interception, three pass breakups and one forced fumble. 

"The type of player that the Bears are getting is a guy who's going to give it his all every single down, every single opportunity, every single chance I get," he said.

Williamson told Chicago reporters on a Zoom call that he's happy about joining a team with such a rich history on defense. 

"One thing that excites me the most about the opportunity is just the history of the Chicago Bears defense," Williamson said. "Just being a safety and playing on a defense that has such a great history of defensive players is just an amazing opportunity I feel like for me. I'm so grateful and so thankful for the opportunity."

With the 258th overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, the Bears select Stanford defensive back Kendall Williamson.

Williamson intends to prove that he deserves a spot on the Bears roster. 

"I'm going to show that I can come in and be a player who can make an influence immediately in whatever way that is possible," he said. "I can make an impact. I believe that. That's my main goal coming in, is to show I can do that."

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