3 Future Starters the Bears Could Draft on Day 3

The 2024 draft is very deep at some positions of need for the Bears. They can potentially find starters on day 3.
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3. Jalyx Hunt, Edge - Houston Christian

Hunt is one of the more interesting prospects in the upcoming draft. He started his collegiate career at Cornell as a safety from 2019-2021. In 2022, he transferred to Houston Christian and shifted to an outside-edge role where he saw immediate success. In just two seasons at edge, he accounted for 133 tackles, 20.5 tackles for a loss, and 13.5 sacks. His outstanding play in 2023 earned him the Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

Hunt has great size at 6'4", 252 pounds, and 34" arms. He put on a show at the combine with a 4.64 40-yard dash, 37.5" vertical, and 10'8" broad jump. This all landed him with a Relative Athletic Score (RAS) of 9.18, good for seventh overall amongst edge defenders. We know that general manager, Ryan Poles, takes RAS very seriously and has shown to pick players with higher scores in his first couple of drafts with the Bears.

The Bears current starter opposite of Montez Sweat is DeMarcus Walker who is a fine player, but does not bring all that much to the table. Hunt is a very raw prospect, but the athleticism and eagerness to learn is there. I think there is definitely a world in which Hunt is brought in and excels in camp and sees serious playing time as a rookie.

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