Chicago Bears: 3 reasons adding Khalil Mack must happen

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Fills a huge need

Look, Khalil Mack isn’t just the best defensive player “potentially” available. He’s the best defensive player “potentially” available at a position that happens to be the Bears’ single greatest need.

At the moment, the Bears pass rushing options include Leonard Floyd, and — well, that’s it. Through the first two preseason games, players like Isaiah Irving, Kylie Fitts, and Roy Robertson-Harris, have had some nice moments, but it’s not realistic to expect sustained contributions from them all season.

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And while Leonard Floyd has flashed greatness, he has not been able to stay on the field and have sustained success. Although the Bears are optimistic he will do that this season, there are no guarantees. Moreover, as the only pass-rushing option, he will draw the most attention from the offense making his job that much tougher.

Adding Mack to that already stout front line, and Floyd would make them a dominant force. It would elevate the defense to a level Bears fans have not seen in a while. In fact, it would be a defense capable of carrying the Bears to the playoffs.

Some might argue the potential cost — likely a minimum of two first-round picks — is too high. To those fans, I say you’re not looking at it the right way. Let’s say the Bears trade their 2019 and 2020 first-round picks. The way you have to look at it is they would be “drafting” Mack with their 2019 first rounder. Let’s be honest, you draft players with the hope that you would land a player like Mack.

So essentially, you would be giving up the 2020 first round pick for Mack. If you’re telling me you could get a game-changing, and likely a season-changing player for a first round pick, I would say sign me up in a heartbeat.