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Defensive Tackles: Henry Melton, Stephen Paea, Matt Toeiana, John McCargo, DeMario Pressley
Defensive Ends: Julius Peppers, Shea McClellin (R), Israel Idonije, Corey Wootton
The Bears have arguably one of the best defensive ends in the game with Julius Peppers. In Peppers' two seasons with the Bears he has faced countless double teams and still finds ways to be productive even without the huge sack totals. However, beyond Peppers' production at the end position, there are many questions marks opposite of him.
Israel Idonije has had success at times at the end position and with the addition of Shea McClellin in the first round, the Bears hope that they have finally found someone who can force offenses to play honest and not double up on Peppers.
After letting go of Anthony Adams and letting Amobi Okoye leave via free agency, the Bears did little to improve the interior of their defensive line. Henry Melton has been productive at times, but is better suited as a third down rusher than an every-down player. Stephen Paea has shown flashes at times and Matt Toeiana has been good against the run but the Bears needed to improve at the position and find themselves only kicking the treads on veterans like John McCargo and DeMario Pressley.
If the Bears can find production from the interior as well as production from McClellin, the defensive line has a chance to have real strength, but with so many questions about who will produce other than Peppers' the defensive line could be a big let-down.