Ryan Poles shifts to the defense and drafts Jared Verse
With the 15th pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears select defensive end, Jared Verse. This draft class does not have one of those must-have, dominant pass-rush specialists. That said, there are a select few who deserve to be taken in the middle of the first round. Verse is probably the best fit for Chicago and their 4-3 defense too.
Verse is a little on the older side at already 23 years old. He has been very consistent over the last three years with seven, nine and 11 sacks. He knows how to get to the quarterback. Isn't the best against the run, but also isn't a liability either.
Verse has a great burst off the line and should push to become the starting defensive end opposite of Montez Sweat. At worst, he'd be the first rotational guy on this roster during his rookie year and see plenty of opportunities to disrupt the backfield. He has strong counter-move capabilities, and strong hand techniques, and uses his speed and strength to set offensive tackles up for both inside and outside moves. His bend isn't elite but should be adequate enough. Needs to be more consistent with his pad level when attempting stunts — can find himself off balance at times.
Overall, Verse should make an immediate impact on this roster and landing him at 15 would be ideal.