Plenty of EDGE players available
First up for the Chicago Bears would be the EDGE position. Looking at the roster, EDGE is not a need that jumps out at you, but we have to remember drafting for need is not always ideal. If Ryan Pace and his staff have one of the EDGE defenders left in a tier on his own over a player that fills a more pressing need, the EDGE defender should still be the pick. If the players available are in the same tier, but one fits a more glaring need, then you take the position of need instead.
This is how a team should always plan on drafting. In this case, plenty of EDGE defenders are still available and I am a little shocked, to be honest. Only two EDGE rushers came off the board in the first round. Both of these defenders were my top two EDGE rushers on my big board. Chase Young is easily the most talented EDGE rusher and went second overall to Washington. K’Lavon Chaisson fell two tiers below Young but was my second favorite EDGE prospect.
Looking at who is still available, I have two more EDGE rushers that grade out as first-round talents. Then I have a third that falls on the line between a first-round and second-round talent. If one of A.J. Epenesa, Yetur Gross-Matos or Zach Baun is available at either No. 43 or No. 50, Pace would be hard-pressed not draft one of them.
EDGE might not be a glaring need with Khalil Mack and Robert Quinn slotted to start, but the team could use some depth and I am on board with possibly drafting the position. However, more elite talent is left at other positions.