What does the Chicago Bears depth chart look at the edge rusher position?
One of the positions that the Chicago Bears did not add to during the draft was outside linebacker. After trading for Khalil Mack last season you can argue that they did invest a first-round pick in the position. However, it is also fair to note. that beyond Mack and Leonard Floyd is not much quality depth.
They brought back Aaron Lynch just a month before the draft after seeing he did not have a market. With limited depth, the Bears did add a couple of names as UDFAs. Still, this is a thin position. How does it stack up top to bottom?
1. Khalil Mack
This one does not need much time to explain. Mack is only getting started with his time in Chicago.
2. Leonard Floyd
The Bears picked up Leonard Floyd’s fifth year option. The question becomes whether or not they can work out a new deal. The Bears would certainly like to see more, but at the same time it is not like they have great depth at the spot.
3. Aaron Lynch
The lack of depth spoke loudly when the Chicago Bears brought in Lynch about a month before the draft and he shot into a rotational role. The team hardly hit the position in the draft and all of the sudden a player that no teams wanted as a free agent has a clear role for the second straight year.
4. Kylie Fitts
Fitts and Isaiah Irving have shown about the same amount of ability. Coming off of a rookie year, and with a draft pick investment, Kylie Fitts gets the edge.
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5. Isaiah Irving
Irving has a bit more experience than Fitts and may be better off than Fitts on special teams.
6. Matt Betts
Betts is a stud from Canada who was the third overall pick in the CFL draft. First, he will test out a weak depth chart in Chicago. Betts has great athleticism which presents upside, but will obviously been in for a welcome to the big leagues moment at some point with his limited competition.
7. Chuck Harris
Harris is a UDFA from Buffalo who is following the Khalil Mack route. He was one of the higher paid UDFAs, and like Betts has a real chnance to make the roster thanks to the limited depth around him.