Option 1: The Chicago Bears stay put and draft Alabama EDGE Will Anderson Jr.
If the Bears wanted to ensure they get “their guy” in the first round, it has to be Alabama edge rusher Will Anderson Jr. To assume he’s there at number 2 would mean the Houston Texans likely take Anderson’s teammate, quarterback Bryce Young, at number 1 overall.
Anderson, though, is arguably the best player in the entire draft class. He is an explosive, dominant pass rusher that would fit any scheme in the pros. For the Bears, this is exactly the type of player they need in order to shore up that defense. So far this season, they have been atrocious against the run and have generated a league-low 16.0 sacks through 12 games.
Of course, trading Khalil Mack and Robert Quinn didn’t help their cause. But, general manager Ryan Poles was planning for the future, and if that future includes Anderson, then so be it. The Bears could land the next generational pass rusher by grabbing Anderson at no. 2 overall, and their defense would improve immediately.
You’re looking at a First Team All American and All SEC selection last year, along with the Nagurski winner. He very well may end up with the same selections after this season, too. The Bears hit a home run if they stand pat at two and get Anderson. Or, they may be able to try and land Anderson just a tad bit later.