Chicago Bears Draft: Realistic options at edge rusher

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Leading up to the 2019 NFL Draft, most believe the Chicago Bears will come away with an edge rusher. Who are some realistic names in each round, though?

Can you feel it? Can you sense it? It is officially April, which means the countdown is on until the 2019 NFL Draft. For the Chicago Bears, it is yet another opportunity for general manager Ryan Pace to impress his peers with his mid-to-late round drafting prowess.

If you were a fan of just about any other team at this very moment, with the current 2019 draft capital of the Bears, you might be a little worried. The Bears do not own a pick in the first, second or sixth rounds of this year’s draft. Chicago owns a pick in the third, fourth and fifth rounds while boasting a pair in the seventh — that’s a total of five picks, starting with no. 87 overall.

As I mentioned, Bears fans shouldn’t be too worried. At this point, Pace will be building depth behind the starters on both sides of the ball. All 22 starters are solidified, with maybe the only question mark being at the starting kicker position — but that’s a debate for later.

Going into the draft, the Bears will undoubtedly be focusing on edge rusher as one of their major needs. It sounds odd saying that, considering Chicago boasts the most dangerous edge rusher in the game in Khalil Mack. Opposite of Mack, of course, is Leonard Floyd. The Bears are loaded in terms of starting talent.

But, behind those two, the Bears do not have that prolific third pass rusher to insert within the rotation. Below, I’ve picked out some of my favorites in each round which the Bears possess a pick, just to give fans an idea of who may be there when Chicago is on the clock. Let’s dive right in.