Although the Chicago Bears have had a very productive offseason, adding Oakland Raiders’ free agent defensive end Lamarr Houston and Minnesota Vikings’ free agent defensive end Jared Allen, the Bears lost defensive tackle Henry Melton to the Dallas Cowboys and have a hole right in the middle of their defense.
They have been connected with several defensive tackles in next month’s draft, including Aaron Donald of the Pittsburgh Panthers and Timmy Jernigan of the Florida State Seminoles.
Brad Biggs of The Chicago Tribune believes that a local product, Notre Dame Fighting Irish defensive tackle Louis Nix, could be a good fit for the Bears.
But the Bears are expected to look for young talent to add to the mix on the line, which is why the club recently devoted one of its 30 pre-draft visits to Halas Hall on Notre Dame defensive tackle Louis Nix. Some believe the Fighting Irish product projects best as a 3-4 nose tackle, but he also could be a nose in a 4-3 defense and give the Bears a stout defender vs. the run.
Nix performed last month at the Notre Dame pro day weighing 331 pounds and would strengthen a run defense that was gashed last season. The Bears allowed a league-worst 161.4 yards rushing per game in 2013 and finished with a franchise-record 2,583 yards allowed – 410 more than the next-worst team.
The 6’2, 324-pound Nix had 14 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks in his career at Notre Dame.