2021 Chicago Bears roster rank No. 12: Bilal Nichols

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Throughout the month we have counted down the best players on the Chicago Bears roster. We started at 90 and we are now all the way down number 12. This list is looking at what kind of value each player will bring to the 2021 roster. This means if a player had a career year, how much would that affect the Bears’ outcome in the 2021 season?

With that in mind, we have made it to number 12 overall.

No. 12 Chicago Bears DL Bilal Nichols

Last year: 23

Bilal Nichols is rising up the rankings and for good reason. With the loss of Eddie Goldman Nichols had to play nose tackle more and was out of position but still posted a career-high in sacks, and had more pass rush prowess than Goldman ever had from that spot.

Nichols is truly ascending into a known commodity in the NFL and he is getting closer to signing a contract that is going to prove it. Some fans may not see him being a player deserving to be ranked that high, but they have not watched what this man can do in the trenches.

In fact, as Akiem Hicks ages, and Nichols ascends into his prime, a passing of the baton could be in store this season. It would be no surprise if Nichols jumps into the top 10 and is ranked where Hicks is next season.

For now, he is right outside, but a player who saw a huge jump from number 23 last season, which meant rotational starter, and turned himself into a cornerstone of the roster.

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Here are players 90-13

90. Brian Johnson

89. Rojesterman Farris

88. Khalil McClain

87. Caleb Johnson

86. Sam Kamara

85. Daniel Arcibong

84. Scooter Harrington

83. Chris Lacy

82. Dionte Ruffin

81. Rodney Adams

80. Tyrone Wheatley

79. Thomas Ives

78. CJ Marable

77. Jester Weah

76. Jake Butt

75. Teez Tabor

74. LeCale London

73. Daureuan Parker

72. Michael Joseph

71. LeDarius Mack

70. Adam Redmond

69. Tre Roberson

68. Xavier Crawford

67. Badara Traore

66. Artavis Pierce

65. Ryan Nall

64. Riley Ridley

63. Patrick Scales

62. Joel Iyiegbuniwe

61. Charles Snowden

60. Dieter Eiselen

59. Artie Burns

58. Lachavious Simmons

57. Jesper Horsted

56. Arlington Hambright

55. Dazz Newsome

54. Marqui Christian

53. Josh Woods

52. Jordan Lucas

51. James Vaughters

50. DeAndre Houston-Carson

49. Austin Calitro

48. Khiyris Tonga

47. Javon Wims

46. Nick Foles

45. Thomas Graham

44. Mike Pennel

43. Trevis Gipson

42. Pat O’Donnell

41. J.P. Holtz

40. Khalil Herbert

39. Larry Borom

38. Deon Bush

37. Cairo Santos

36. Angelo Blackson

35. Elijah Wilkinson

34. Damien Williams

33. Damiere Byrd

32. Marquise Goodwin

31. Alex Bars

30. Jimmy Graham

29. Tarik Cohen

28. Anthony Miller

27. Christian Jones

26. Duke Shelley

25. Kindle Vildor

24. Desmond Trufant

23. Mario Edwards

22. Jeremiah Attaochu

21. Robert Quinn

20. Germain Ifedi

19. Eddie Goldman

18. Sam Mustipher

17. Teven Jenkins

16. Danny Trevathan

15. Cole Kmet

14. Tashaun Gipson

13. James Daniels