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Bears take Cal safety Elijah Hicks in round 7

Elijah Hicks, a safety from Cal, became the Bears’ penultimate draft pick on Saturday. They selected him with Pick 254 in round 7, the first in a set of back-to-back picks acquired through trading with the Chargers.

The 22-year-old at 5-11, 203 pounds spent his first three years with the Golden Bears at cornerback before moving to safety in 2020. He stayed there in 2021 and took advantage of the coronavirus eligibility year. Four of his five career moves came to safety, including three last year. He had two passes defended in each of his last two years.

He will be the third newly trained Pac-12 in the Bears’ defensive backfield, joining Utah’s Jaylon Johnson, one of the team’s best players, and Washington’s Kyler Gordon, who was drafted in the second round on Friday night.

Bears general manager Ryan Poles started the day with three selections over three rounds and finished through a series of trades with eight.

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