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Getting to the quarterback and forcing pressure is always at the top of the list for a defensive line, but stopping the run can be just as important.
In 2013, the Bears' defense ranked dead-last against the run, allowing an average of 161.4 yards per game, nearly 30 yards more than the next-closest team. Injuries to Henry Melton and Nate Collins did not help the situation, but the team was unable to find reliable tackles in the middle of their line that could be a force against the run.
Stephen Paea currently holds down the role as the team's best run-stopper on defense, filling the team's need at nose tackle, but they could look to draft a guy like Cal's Deandre Coleman.
The Bears have not addressed whether or not the team will strictly be a 4-3 defense in 2014, as the team could look to work as a hybrid between the 4-3 and 3-4. Coleman has the versatility to play inside at the nose tackle position or work as a five-technique defensive end in the 3-4.
He plays quickly off of the ball but does not possesses the lateral agility and quickness that allows others to get to the quarterback. Still, he does a good job of maintaining his gaps and has the right size in his upper body to help clog up running lanes.
He does have the versatility to play defensive end and compares similarly to former Bears defensive lineman Israel Idonije, although he is not as great of a pass-rusher.
Due to the fact that more teams are concerned about getting after the quarterback, a guy like Coleman may drop considering that his best traits are suited against the run. He could be a solid backup behind Paea and have the ability to play outside if the team opts to move to the 3-4 in the future.