Which team in the NFC North has the best group of edge rushers?
We have gone position by position to see where the Chicago Bears stand against the rest of the NFC North. Overall, the Bears have a lot to prove on offense but had the best group of an interior defensive lineman.
Will the trend continue with the edge rushers? We will look not only at starters but the groups as a whole. So, where do the Chicago Bears stack up?
4. Detroit Lions
Trey Flowers, Romeo Okwara, Julian Okwara, Austin Bryant
Trey Flowers is a stud, and his talent level is at the bottom of the division speaks to the upside that is in the division. Flowers are less traditional of an edge rusher than most defensive ends, and you can find him sliding inside to help out an interior that also finished fourth.
However, the issue for Flowers is that they are relying on him to do a lot. Romeo Okwara had 7.5 sacks in 2018, but that gives him 10.5 sacks in four NFL seasons. At some point, the three sacks in three years are more relevant than the peak of upside during 2018.
His brother, Julian, may have been drafted to replace Romeo, or at least help him. However, he fell in the draft due to an injury and a question of how he would hold up against the physicality of the NFL. Beyond that is Austin Bryant, a late-round 2019 rookie who hardly saw the field.
Flowers carries this group, and while the Okwaras are a nice story, they are arguably both coming into the year overrated. Especially if the Lions feel that they have sufficient talent and depth on the edge. This is where they struggle.