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Bears draft BYU nose tackle Tonga in seventh round

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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."

With the 250th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Bears select BYU DL Khyiris Tonga.

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