Getting to the quarterback is a major problem for the Chicago Bears. Their solution just might be in the 2024 NFL Draft and they have the draft capital to make it happen.
The numbers don't lie: The Bears pass rush is struggling this season. The entire defense has racked up 13 sacks, dead last in the NFL, per StatMuse. Yannick Ngakoue leads the team with three sacks, per ESPN. Similarly, they've given up the second most passing yards this season with 2,312 yards through the air, per NFL.com.
That's enough with the numbers. If you've watched the Bears' defense, you know this isn't a reincarnation of the 1985 Bears.
Trading for disgruntled Washing Commanders' edge rusher Montez Sweat is an improvement. But the Bears need to bring in some young talent up front if they want to build for the long term.
Having a great pass rush is crucial in the NFL. Don't believe me? Just take a look at the last five Super Bowl winners. Each team had a solid rotation of maulers up front. This season, the Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs are No. 1 and 2 in terms of sacks. The Ravens look like Super Bowl contenders and the Chiefs are the reigning champion. The Philadelphia Eagles, the best team in the NFL, have the most depth at defensive line and it's not even close.
If the Bears want to compete with the cream of the crop in the NFL, they need to draft edge rushers they can build a team around.
In this article, you'll find three options at pass rusher the Bears must consider in the 2024 NFL Draft. Since the Bears will potentially have two top-10 picks thanks to swapping last year's No. 1 pick with the Carolina Panthers, they can draft one early. This list is dependent on whether these prospects declare for the draft.