The Bears on Friday moved up to No. 56 in the second round of the NFL Draft and selected Miami cornerback Tyrique Stevenson.
The Bears sent the 61st overall pick and a fifth-round pick (No. 136 overall) to Jacksonville in the deal.
"For people who don't know me and for me coming to the Bears, you're going to get one dog player that's coming in with his head high, holding himself to his integrity to the game and to his dedication and his passion to the game," Stevenson said Friday on a Zoom call with Chicago reporters. "You're getting an all-out baller who is coming in ready to make an impact from Day 1."
In his junior and senior seasons at Miami, Stevenson totaled 68 tackles, 4.0 tackles-for-loss, 14 passes defended and three interceptions. In 2022, he was selected Third-Team All-ACC and in 2021 was an All-ACC honorable mention.
Before his time with the Hurricanes, the 6-foot, 204-pounder spent his freshman and sophomore seasons at Georgia, recording 47 tackles, two TFLs and five passes defended.
Stevenson told reporters he had a couple informal meetings with the Bears at the Combine then went to Halas Hall for a top-30 visit, where he met with various Bears staff members and coaches, including Matt Eberflus.
"Our interaction was nothing more than talking a bit old-school football and the tradition of the Bears," Stevenson said. "We talked more about life and how he wants to be more of a player's coach and how he wants to interact with the players in the building and how the players should be able to come into the building and feel like this is a safe haven so we can come out and give our all once we step on the field."
Stevenson also met with defensive coordinator Alan Williams. The cornerback said one of the main points he stressed with the Bears staff was his comfort level playing both man and zone coverage.
"I have no problem playing off, I have no problem playing zone, I have no problem playing man," Stevenson said. "Whatever the defense needs, I'm going to go out there and perfect my craft so I can be the best teammate and defender on the field at all times."
Stevenson attended Miami Southridge High School in Florida, where he helped his team to the 2018 FHSAA Class 8A regional semifinals his senior year. He also played for Team East in the 2019 All-American Bowl Game.
With the 56th overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, the Bears select Miami defensive back Tyrique Stevenson.