What does the Chicago Beard depth chart look like at the edge rusher position?
Now that the Chicago Bears have filled their roster from the offseason, there will be little movement for the next few months. That gives us a great chance to look back at the depth chart and what it looks like at each position.
Today, we are going to look at the edge rusher position. One thing worth noting with this position is that Chuck Pagano is going to leave these players with their hands down as rushers much more than Vic Fangio did. They are closer to defensive ends now than outside linebackers.
1. Khalil Mack
We know who the leader of the group is. The two first-round draft picks are now done, and it is time for Mack to have a long and strong career that lives up to the significant compensation.
2. Robert Quinn
Quinn is a much more pure straight-up pass rusher than Leonard Floyd. This gives the Bears a helpful upgrade, at what would have been a pretty similar cost. The big difference is Floyd played off-ball more than Quinn, but the change from Fangio to Pagano should relitigate that.
3. Trevis Gipson
Gipson was a fifth-round pick, but in trading a future draft asset for the pick, it is clear that Ryan Pace views him as someone who should make the roster. The Bears lack depth at the position, and while Gipson does not have a high ceiling as a pass rusher, he is a sound run defender and a strong rotational edge who can step in as a third rusher right away.
4. Barkevious Mingo
Mingo hardly played last season on defense but has cemented himself as a special teams asset in the NFL. With Gipson as number three, Mingo makes a great number four candidate as someone will not play much, but will make the roster and get work on special teams.
5. Isaiah Irving
Irving is going to struggle to make the roster. Him making it the past few seasons is a testament to the lack of depth at the position, and with additions in the draft and free agency, they are hoping added depth pushes Irving down or out.
6. James Vaughters
Vaughters was signed as a UDFA last season. He showed well on special teams but will be in a tough situation to make the roster with the additions. He may make it over Irving due to having more years of team control, but Irving has shown more NFL experience.
7. Ledarius Mack
Mack is getting hype due to the relationship with his Khalil. Still, there is a reason Khalil went round one, and Ledarius was a UDFA. He will need to show well on special teams to make the roster.
8. LaCale London
London is a bigger outside linebacker who is better at setting the edge against the run than he is playing on his feet. He is going to take a year on special teams as a best-case scenario.
The top four should have a great chance to make the roster. Irving and Vaughters will likely compete for one depth spot. Irving is unlikely to stick around while Vaughters could end up on the practice squad. Mack and London each would have a shot at the practice squad as well, with both being long shots to make the roster.