2. Bilal Nichols
Shortly after Akiem Hicks was ejected from the game, my focus was on the door it could open up for rookie defensive end, Bilal Nichols. Nichols finished the game tied for second most tackles on the team and also added 0.5 sack, one QB hit, and two tackles for loss. The Delaware product was everywhere.
A downplayed narrative is just how good Ryan Pace is at finding talent late in the draft, and Bilal Nichols’ productivity only strengthens that notion. His tackle for loss in the Arizona game was a game-saving play. His explosive tackle against the Buccaneers as he timed his way past the offensive line was the combination of unique athleticism and intense film study.
The Bears are going to have a dominant front seven for years to come and part of that is because of the potential of Bilal Nichols.