The Chicago Bears ranked dead last in the NFL in sacks this year. While it may sound hard to believe, the Bears’ defense mustered a whooping 31 sacks in what was an abysmal season for Mel Tucker‘s group. To be fair, Chicago did endure injuries as All-Pro defensive tackle Henry Melton missed 12 games after making his name as a top defensive tackle in 2012.
Unfortunately, Melton is an unrestricted free agent this year, which leaves Bears general manager Phil Emery with a few decisions to make. Re-signing Melton sounds good in theory, but the 27-year-old might be too pricey for the Bears. With the 2014 NFL Draft nearing it’s becoming more and more obvious that Chicago will be forced to draft the best available defensive player at pick No. 14 — that player could be Missouri Tigers‘ Kony Ealy.
After announcing his decision to bolt for the 2014 NFL Draft, Ealy is moving rather quickly up draft boards across the league. Ealy’s 275-pound frame puts him in the same class as Missouri alum Aldon Smith, who has 28 sacks in his last 24 starts. with the San Francisco 49ers. Bears fans could use a versatile down lineman like Ealy, as his ability to play both the run and the pass is something that Chicago will be looking for all offseason long.