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Bears sign sixth-round pick Duke Shelley

The Bears’ entire draft class is now signed.

Kansas State v Texas
Kansas State cornerback Duke Shelley pursues Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger in 2017.
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The Bears’ entire draft class is now signed.

The team inked the last unsigned sixth-round pick in the NFL, Kansas State cornerback Duke Shelley, to a standard four-year rookie deal on Thursday morning. He was the last of the team’s draft picks to sign a contract.

He figures to make around $2.5 million over four years, roughly the salary agreed to by Rams edge rusher Trevon Young last year.

The Bears didn’t have their entire draft class signed last year until midway through the preseason, as inside linebacker Roquan Smith was negotiating unique language in his contract.

Earlier this month, Bears coach Matt Nagy said he liked what he had seen from Shelley.

“Duke’s a confident kid — he’s twitchy, he’s always going to be scrappy and be around you,” he said. “And I think he’s learning from a great player in [starting slot cornerback] Buster [Skrine]. They’re very similar. But when those pads come on, that’s when it’s really real. And that’s when you’ve got to stick your nose in there and make a few tackles.”