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Building the Board: Evaluating (more) Edge Rushers

Our Chicago Bears’ Building the Board scouts look at their second group of Edge Defenders right here.

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The Chicago Bears need serious help defending the edge & rushing the passer — 2022 saw the Bears field one of the worst pass-rushing units in recent memory (especially once Robert Quinn was traded) and the clean pockets they provided their opponents:

  • The best passing Yards/Attempt in the league
  • The best passing 1st down percentage in the league
  • The least sacks in the NFL

With numbers like this, the Bears will surely consider adding talent to their defensive edges — we’ve already covered our first 10 EDGE targets, but let’s break a few more of their potential targets down.

For several months now, the WCG crew has been working hard on a simple idea: building a Chicago Bears draft board brick-by-brick in an attempt to create as authentic a draft board as possible while tailoring it specifically to one team (rather than the scheme-free evaluations that are so common around the internet).

We’ve been scouting the players available in the 2023 NFL Draft, and we’ll continue to do so, with the end game being a fully-fledged Draft Board. Today we talk through our next batch of player grades — specifically, these 9 Edge Defenders:

Remember, this list isn’t in order of quality/ranking! Simply order of appearance!

  • LSU’s Ali Gaye
  • Auburn’s Derick Hall
  • Kansas State’s Felix Anudike-Uzomah
  • Pittsburgh’s Habakkuk Baldonado
  • Notre Dame’s Isaiah Foskey
  • Clemson’s K.J. Henry
  • Iowa State’s M.J. Anderson
  • Louisville’s Yaya Diaby
  • Ohio State’s Zach Harrison

Our initial Draft Board (1.0) will be on a Google Document that we’ll share here as soon as it’s done, and keep your eyes peeled over the next few weeks — we’ll be adding players to it in batches of 10 as we try to show the process of how draft boards shuffle week-by-week.

We’re excited! We want to hear your thoughts — do you agree with today’s grades? Do you disagree? Let us know!

Podcast version is available here:

And in case you missed the original introduction video for Building the Board, check it out below for an overview of the project!

If you missed any of our previous Building the Board stuff be sure to check out the full story stream.