Are there any defensive linemen that the Chicago Bears could draft?
When looking at the defensive line, it has the most depth of any position on the Chicago Bears depth chart. They are unlikely to address the position with a variety of other needs. However, if they were to find a nose tackle that they like, it would be a potential addition who could make an NFL roster.
Abdullah Anderson is currently backing up Eddie Goldman, and while that is a role that does not require many snaps, the Bears do need a true backup at nose tackle. Could they find someone better than Anderson?
If they take one, it will not be until Day Three. When looking at average mock draft rankings, these players go in the range that the Bears pick on Day Three. Are any worth a pick from the Chicago Bears?
Benito Jones is a huge body. A nose tackle at Ole Miss, checks in over 300 pounds with a shorter, squatty body. Jones is going to fall to round seven because he does not have great movement skills.
When he is forced to move laterally, he can lose his balance. However, he does get a step off of the ball, and he uses his strength to get into the backfield. He screams depth at nose tackle. Is he worth a round seven pick, or could they hope he falls to UDFA?
"When the tape is on, it’s impossible not to notice Jones making things tough for SEC offensive linemen. He possesses average power at the point of attack but can really be disruptive when he’s actively attacking the gaps. He may have issues with contact balance and anchor against NFL double-teams, so scheme fit might matter. He’s an even-front shade nose who can step into an early rotational role, but has the potential to become a future starter with adequate rush potential to boot."
Roy may be best suited to step in as a depth nose tackle. He did not get a combine invite, but coming in over 330 pounds, Roy is a mammoth nose tackle and may be the best nose tackle in the draft on tape. If the Bears want to add a nose tackle with upside, it could be Roy in round seven.
Daniels was the nose tackle at Nebraska. He gets upfield quickly and can get after it in the backfield. However, he often can miss gaps by over pursuing, and as a nose tackle, you would almost rather him just hold his ground.
All three are likely to be round seven options, but could also step in and compete for a 53-man roster spot as the sixth defensive lineman and backup nose tackle. The question is whether any could slide out of the draft, or whether or not they feel that they can add competition for Anderson from a UDFA.