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The middle of the Chicago Bears defense was woeful last season. Losing Henry Melton to injury was part of the problem, and now he is with the Dallas Cowboys.
The Bears shored up the defensive line by drafting Ego Ferguson and Will Sutton in the second and third rounds of the draft, however, and both rookies should be big contributors this year.
Sutton is particularly tantalizing if he can get back to his 2012 form. He ballooned over 300 pounds for the 2013 season, which may have compromised his play and short-circuited his draft stock.
The former Sun Devil is closer to Melton than Ferguson is, at least if he returns to his 2012 form. Sutton was a great pass-rusher that year, as was Melton with the Bears before getting injured.
If Sutton can bring some of what Melton had to the table, the middle of that defensive line will be much improved from a year ago.