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Bears draft BYU nose tackle Tonga in seventh round


With their final pick in the draft Saturday, the Bears selected BYU nose tackle Khyiris Tonga in the seventh round at No. 250.

The 6-2, 326-pounder appeared in 47 games in four seasons for the Cougars, registering 130 tackles, 16.0 tackles-for-loss, 8.5 sacks, 12 pass breakups and two forced fumbles.

Last season Tonga played in 11 games and recorded 36 tackles and 3.5 tackles-for-loss while establishing career highs with 3.5 sacks and five pass breakups.

Tonga is a powerful run stopper who can also push back the pocket.

"That's something I pride myself in—being a powerful player and being disruptive and winning most of my one-on-ones and being able to find the ball," he said.

Tonga also demonstrated a knack for knocking down passes at the line of scrimmage at BYU.

"Learning to get your hands up at the right time and timing it … that's something that I've developed throughout the years at BYU and it's been working good for me," Tonga said. "I enjoy it. Any way I can be disruptive—tapping the ball in the air or getting a sack or anything—super good for me at BYU."

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