Will Sutton Selection Shows Chicago Bears’ Eagerness to Improve Run Defense

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Well, it’s painfully obvious that the Chicago Bears are determined to improve a run defense that was dead last in the NFL in 2013. The Bears selected their second consecutive defensive tackle with their third-round pick, adding Arizona State’s Will Sutton.

Chicago has used their first three picks on the defensive side of the ball, with the first two being used to get cornerback Kyle Fuller and defensive tackle Ego Ferguson. In my previous article, I said that I would have taken Sutton instead of Ferguson. Well, it looks like the Bears will have more than enough bodies on the interior and on the outside of their defensive front this upcoming season.

This pick was another good choice by general manager Phil Emery. A few picks before Chicago chose Sutton, Florida State safety Terrence Brooks was taken off the board. I thought Brooks was the best available safety during the third round, and would have been a good way to make up for not taking a safety with the 14th overall pick. But since Brooks was taken by the Baltimore Ravens, what better way to help the secondary than to strengthen the defensive front.

Sutton will definitely be of great help in the rotation for the Bears’ defensive linemen, and could potentially help enhance the pass rush from Chicago’s defensive ends Jared Allen and Lamarr Houston. Furthermore, Sutton’s presence could help some of the young and inexperienced linebackers when it comes to stopping the run.

I was a bit worried with Emery’s approach after deciding not to draft a safety in the first round, but now I’m feeling much better with what has transpired so far. Now that it seems that the Bears have revamped their defense, maybe a quarterback is next on the list in Round 4.

Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller.


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