Ryan Pace managed to sign to top tier linebackers in free agency this year. Those players would be Jerrell Freeman and Danny Trevathan. These two will likely be the starters at the beginning of the season unless a rookie or a depth player makes a huge impact in practice.
The outside linebacker position is probably the strongest position on this defense. With first round pick Leonard Floyd and last year’s starter Pernell McPhee starting. Lamarr Houston will most likely be a rotational guy for Floyd if he doesn’t add the weight that Fox wants.
The nose tackle position is almost a sure lock in for Eddie Goldman. Goldman is expected to have a breakout year after having 4.5 sacks last season. The only player that could potentially take this position is Jonathan Bullard.
The two defensive ends that are expected to start are Jonathan bullard & Akiem Hicks, these are also two new additions to the team. Last season Hicks was just used as a rotational pass rusher so he could do the same here in Chicago with Mitch Unrein as depth. Jonathan Bullard was a top graded run defender in college football last season.
The safety positions are still up for grabs, however Adrian Amos is likely starting at free safety for the year. Especially after his rookie season and not getting burnt all that often. He just has to work on his ball skills. Deon Bush is a personal favorite to start at strong safety. He hits hard, is an effective blitzer, and has some decent ball and coverage skills. A player very comparable to Kam Chancellor.
The two starting corners should be the same as last seasons. Kyle Fuller was very inconsistent and often seemed lost at the beginning of the 2015 season. In the final eight games of the season however, Fuller just began to understand the system better and is poised to be one of the better young corners in the league. Tracy Porter had decent success last season and with the team a little short on cornerbacks he should be a starter.