Eddie Goldman, Akiem Hicks, Jaye Howard, Mitch Unrein, Jon Bullard, John Jenkins
On paper, the Bears defensive line may be a touch better than this, but they have to prove it on the field. As of now, Hicks is the only one who has proven it on the field. Hicks is a great asset and a player who can move up and down the line and wreak havoc.
He has two great complimentary pieces, but both come with a group of questions. Eddie Goldman has looked like a gem when he sees the field. However, he has only started 17 games in his first two seasons and missed most of his second NFL season with different ailments. Howard had a strong 2016 in Kansas City but was cut with a hip injury. Howard is sitting out OTA’s and while the Bears doctors cleared the team to sign him, it was a low-risk deal.
Unrein has proven that is a low caliber rotational player, and Jenkins fits the same mold if he can even make the team. Bullard has some upside and has the physical traits to fill in for either Goldman or Howard if needed. However, the understanding and recognition still need to be refined after an up and down rookie year. There is a chance we revisit at the end of the season and the Bears line is a strength, but that idea is in theory as of now.