Ryan Poles Openly Reveals Where He’ll Be Scouting Next

The one thing everyone accepts about Ryan Pace is his secret. The man deliberately avoided divulging details of anything he did. It’s his preference, even if it doesn’t always make sense. Clearly, Ryan Poles is nothing like him. While he accepts the need not to reveal certain details, the new Chicago Bears general manager isn’t shy about opening up his roster-building process to the media.

This first became apparent when he revealed that he personally watched tapes of Justin Fields ahead of the 2022 draft. That’s a big reason why the team selected Velus Jones from Tennessee. Not much has changed since then. The Poles appeared on Bears All-Access with Jeff Joniak to talk about where things are and where they are headed. He made a casual comment and even revealed his weekend plans for where he’ll be looking for a 2023 draft pick next year.

It’s refreshing to hear the GM candid.

Based on the Pole’s comments, he and assistant general manager Ian Cunningham are likely to play in TCU’s game against Colorado on Friday night. They’ll have some fascinating prospects to watch. Chief among them is Horned Frogs wide receiver Quentin Johnston. The 6-foot-4 big man had 634 yards and six touchdowns on just 33 receptions last season. His size and blistering pace make him a hazard for any defensive back to have to cover him.

On the other hand, one Colorado name that Poles might circle is Tommy Brown. Traded from Alabama, he’s a 6-foot-7, 330-pound behemoth guard. He has enough power in the running game and has enough length and athleticism to handle pass protection well. The offensive line will be the GM’s priority going forward. Don’t be surprised if Brown’s name is mentioned a few months later.

Ryan Pole also probably won’t finish after that game.

He also mentioned two other sites. That could mean he’ll be on Saturday’s flight to watch Oregon vs. Georgia. Then 24 hours later, he might be there for a primetime battle between FSU and LSU. The Bears general manager will have three games in 72 hours. Obviously this guy is a grinder, but it’s impressive. The fact that he did so soon after acquiring seven new players made it more appreciated.

There is also no shortage of top prospects to watch in these games.
  • Jaylen Carter (DT, GA)
  • Kayshon Boutte (WR, LSU)
  • Kelee Ringo (CB, Georgia)
  • Noah Sewell (LB, Oregon)
  • BJ Ojulari (Edge, LSU)
  • Nolan Smith (EDGE, GA)
  • Arik Gilbert (TE, GA)

Most of the names listed are likely to be first-round picks next April. Some of them will fill a huge need for the Bears’ roster. It makes sense that Ryan Poles would want to target these games. They both have key talents that can help his lineup, especially his young quarterback. This person has no days off. He’s committed to making this team a winner again. This can only be achieved through unremitting efforts.

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