Chicago Bears Draft: Realistic options at edge rusher

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Round 7 Favorite: Maxx Crosby, Eastern Michigan

If the Bears are sitting in Round 7, without having taken an edger rusher, and Maxx Crosby is available, he has to be the clear-cut favorite. Let’s check the boxes here: He has great size, boasts killer speed at the position, is an overall strong athlete and he’s from a smaller program in Eastern Michigan.

That’s a Ryan Pace draft pick, right there.

Last year, Crosby posted a career-best 19.0 tackles for loss while notching 7.5 sacks. In 2017, he totaled 16.5 tackles for loss and 11.0 sacks. Despite the competition lacking a bit, Crosby has done what he has to do to earn his shot in the pros.

At the Combine, Crosby ran a 4.66 40-yard dash while finishing his 3-cone drill in 6.89 seconds — very strong numbers for a 6-foot-5 pass rusher. Not to mention, Crosby defies the old stereotype, because he blew his vertical jump out of the water at 36.0 inches.

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At the NFL level, Crosby simply needs to add more bulk to his frame — as do many kids coming out of college at this position, so that’s not a huge issue. He is someone who plays fast and hard which, if you’ve noticed, is a lot like most guys on this list. He already looks like he’d fit in well with the Bears defense. He plays relentlessly, and in the seventh round, would be a welcomed addition.