Scout Analysis: DT Darwin Walker

Perhaps the biggest question for the Bears coming into training camp was depth at the defensive tackle position. Tank Johnson was a good player despite all his personal problems, but GM Jerry Angelo struck a deal on Sunday for an even better player: Darwin Walker. Eagles expert Chuck Hixson stops by with his insider analysis on the newest Midway Monster.

Chuck Hixson: Darwin Walker was always somewhat underrated during his stay in Philadelphia. He showed progress every year and recorded 26.5 sacks over the last five seasons, which was the fourth best of any defensive tackle during that period. He has a way of penetrating through the line and is agile enough that he doesn't get caught in a bad position very often. The main reason that the Eagles traded him was that they needed help at the linebacker spot and gave up Walker to bring Takeo Spikes to town.

Away from the field Walker is pretty down to earth, but you get the impression that he feels he's never gotten the respect he deserves from his peers and financially. The Eagles sensed that this might become an issue down the road, which was another reason why they decided they should deal him.

JC's Take: When you factor in all the money GM Jerry Angelo has commmitted to the future of this defense already, it will be very interesting to see how this story develops in terms of Walker's contract situation. Money was the reason Philly shipped him out of town and the reason he refused to report to Buffalo after being traded the first time, but Bears fans can take solace in the fact that Walker sounds like he ultimately wanted to end up in Chicago from the start. On the field, he certainly looks like he fits the mold of what head coach Lovie Smith likes in a defensive tackle: quick, agile, and the ability to rush the passer.

I'm expecting the Bears to do even less blitzing than last season with Bob Babich taking over for Ron Rivera at defensive coordinator. That puts even more of a premium on getting pressure consistently from the front four.

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