Bears Day 2 Draft Prospects: Edge Rushers

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Kyler Fackrell, Utah St (6’5 | 245 | 4.62) – A more polished 3-4 OLB than any player on this list, but Fackrell is not without flaws either. He has ideal length and athleticism, but a significant lack of both upper and lower body strength might keep Fackrell from replicating his all-around success at the NFL level early in his career.

Fackrell checks most of the boxes teams look for in an edge rusher; I already mentioned his length and athleticism, but he also has a good burst off the ball, a diverse bag of pass rush moves, is good enough in coverage to drop off the line of scrimmage, has a non-stop motor, is one of the most effective stunt rushers in the draft, and had enough play diagnosing skills to average over 80 tackles in all three seasons as a starter.

All that is holding Fackrell back from being an above-average OLB is a lack of strength, which is probably the easiest trait to fix. His natural burst off the edge, flexibility to bend around offensive tackles, plethora of pass rush moves, and all-around football skills keep Fackrell’s floor pretty high. Even if he never bulks up enough to become a Pro Bowl level OLB, Fackrell should be a solid contributor against both the run and pass.

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