Since free agency began, the Bears have focused almost entirely on the offensive side of the ball. With the acquisition of Brandon Marshall essentially eliminating the chances of drafting a wide receiver in Round 1, it's widely thought that our next great area of need is on the defensive side of the ball.
The defensive end position is something that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. Izzy is great against the run, but as far as generating pressure, he's not very good. It's pretty difficult to not obtain double-digit sacks when there is someone like Julius Peppers on the opposite side receiving double and triple teams.
We desperately need someone to utilize that lack of attention that Peppers causes, especially in a division where we play Aaron Rodgers and Matt Stafford twice a season. In part three of four, we will look at the defensive ends that the Bears could very well draft 16 days from now.