Report: Bears host Notre Dame DT Louis Nix for pre-draft visit

Report: Bears host Notre Dame DT Louis Nix for pre-draft visit
April 15, 2014, 2:15 pm
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Bears general manager Phil Emery has had a busy offseason fortifying one of the NFL's worst defenses from 2013.

On the defensive line alone, the Bears have signed projected starting ends Jared Allen and Lamarr Houston. The club also re-signed defensive tackles Jeremiah Ratliff (projected starter) and Nate Collins.

As much as Emery has improved the defense through free agency, he still has his work cut out for him with the upcoming NFL Draft.

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According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, the Bears used one of their 30 pre-draft visits to Halas Hall on Notre Dame defensive tackle Louis Nix.

Nix, who is projected to be a first-round selection, is seen more as a nose tackle in a 3-4 defense. But he has the size to be a standout run stuffer in a 4-3 system.

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"Some teams and general managers really like him." draft guru Mike Mayock said. "He's a prototypical nose tackle, big kid. He's got good short area quickness for a 330 pound guy but he had the knee last year, he flashed but didn't play at a high level all the time. He's got to be a little bit lighter. He's got to play at 330.

"So the question is, can he push the edge a little bit; can he gain an edge and push the pocket, and if you believe in that, then he's probably a top 20 pick because he's a 330 pound nose tackle with some movement skills. If you don't believe that, you can get some pass rush out of him, he probably isn't a top 20 pick for your team."

Most draft pundits have the Bears taking either a defensive tackle or a safety with their first-round pick. If Chicago likes Nix they would have to grab him at No. 14 because the chances of him falling to their second-round pick at No. 51 are slim to none.