3) Ryan Anderson
While the addition of Leonard Floyd looks promising, the Bears still need pass rushers. Pernell McPhee gained momentum at the end of the year, but he is aging and is prone to injuries. Willie Young earned a new contract, but disappeared for most games. Lastly, Lamar Houston will likely be cut due to multiple ACL tears in three years. The Bears could pick up a talented OLB and pass rusher with Ryan Anderson.
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To begin, Anderson consistently wrecks havoc on opposing quarterbacks. Between his last two seasons, Anderson has racked up 13.5 sacks. Better yet, Anderson has proven stout against the run with 17 tackles for loss this season alone. He also flashed his abilities in coverage when he took an interception 26 yards to seal a playoff win against Washington.
While Anderson’s draft stock is rising, he did face a misdemeanor for domestic violence in January of 2015. One incident by no means cements a player’s character, but it will be something scouts consider.
Anderson will likely be available for the Bears in the second round, but there is a chance he slips into the third. If that happens, the Bears should pounce.