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A capsule look at Bears' four Day 3 draft picks

Joel Iyiegbuniwe

Round 4, Pick 115, LB

Western Kentucky, 6-1, 229

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On the field: Team captain and first-team all-Conference USA selection led the Hilltoppers with 117 tackles and 11½ tackles for loss last season. He had three sacks in 2016 and one last season.

Upside: The Bears entered the draft determined to get faster and more athletic on special teams following the departure of linebacker Christian Jones. Iyiegbuniwe fits that objective. He has extensive experience covering kicks. On the second level of the defense, he's a rangy, run-and-hit linebacker who has flashed pass-rush ability.

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Downside: Iyiegbuniwe doesn't provide the consistent edge-rushing presence the Bears' roster lacks, and they drafted him one spot before the Cowboys selected Kansas edge rusher Dorance Armstrong. Iyiegbuniwe has to prove he's physical and technically sound enough to shed NFL blockers.

You should know: His name is pronounced jo-ELL EE-yay-boo-NEE-way, and his nickname is Iggy. He was born in Cook County and lived in Bolingbrook until he was about 8 years old. He's graduating with a pre-med biology degree in May and hopes to be a pediatrician after his football career.

Bilal Nichols

Round 5, Pick 145, DL

Delaware, 6-4, 306

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On the field: Nichols had 56 tackles – 6 ½ for loss – 5 ½ sacks, an interception, four pass break-ups and a fumble recovery in his senior season at Delaware. He also totaled 7 ½ tackles for loss and five sacks in 2016.

Upside: The Bears needed depth after the departure of defensive end Mitch Unrein this offseason, and Nichols can provide decent athleticism as he joins the rotation. Nichols played in both 4-3 and 3-4 fronts at Delaware.

Downside: A basketball player most of his childhood, Nichols didn't take on football until high school and his highest level of experience is against FCS competition. He said Saturday he's trying to be more fluid and finish better in his pass rushes.

You should know: Nichols hails from the football program where Bears coach Matt Nagy played. He doesn't know Nagy personally but said Bears offensive quality control coach Brian Ginn recruited him at Delaware and they have a "great relationship."

Kylie Fitts

Round 6, Pick 181, OLB

Utah, 6-4, 263

On the field: An ankle sprain and shoulder AC sprain last season caused him to miss four games and limited him in five others. In 2016, a Lisfranc injury in his right foot ended his season after two games. He totaled only 4½ sacks over the last two seasons because of the injuries. But he had seven sacks in 13 games in 2015. He began his college career at UCLA.

Upside: Fitts' potential as a pass rusher when healthy is worth the low price of a sixth-round pick, especially given the Bears' need. His athleticism when healthy showed in how well he tested at the combine. His 6.88-second three-cone drill and 4.19-second 20-yard shuttle tied Boston College's Harold Landry for fastest among edge rushers.

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Downside: Fitts will transition from defensive end, although he did stand up at the line of scrimmage some at Utah. More notably, he must prove his body can withstand the rigors of pro football. "There were no serious injuries (in 2017)," Fitts said. "They were just lingering injuries that just prevented me from playing to my potential. It was just a run of bad luck, and I got it all out of the way."

You should know: Fitts' arms are covered in religious tattoos. "On my forearms are probably my favorite ones for my guardian angels, my grandma and grandpa who passed away," Fitts said. "They meant so much to me, motivated me to keep pursuing football and kept pushing me."

Javon Wims

Round 7, Pick 224, DL

Georgia, 6-3, 215

On the field: Wims punctuated his rise from junior college by leading the Bulldogs last season with 45 catches for 720 yards and seven touchdowns. In 2016, his first season at Georgia, he had 17 catches for 190 yards and one touchdown.

Upside: Wims stands out for his ability to jump and make contested catches. He has great ball skills and an attractive catch radius. That should make him an asset in the red zone.

Downside: His route running needs to be more detailed, and he doesn't play with threatening speed downfield. It's easy to see him landing on the practice squad to continue his development, especially if he doesn't distinguish himself covering kicks this summer.

You should know: Nicknamed "Juice" by his mother, Wims considers himself a creative person. He's a talented drawer.

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