Bears making long strides toward improved defense

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. - The Bears focus in the 2016 Draft was clear - get faster, quick.

They did just that when they used six of their nine picks on defensive players; all with renowned motors.

On Day 2 of the Bears rookie minicamp, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio was noticeably pleased with the newest additions.

"We have some better pieces to work with for sure."

One player in the mix he was especially keen on - pass rushing extraordinaire Leonard Floyd.

Floyd has received some flack for his weight or lack thereof, but Fangio doesn't seemed concerned.

"The weight thing isn't a big thing with me. He's going to weigh somewhere between 230 and 235 pounds and that's just what he's going to weigh," noted Fangio. "I'm sure there's going to be a play or two every game where you're going to say, 'Jeez, he's not heavy enough,' or 'He's too light.' Hopefully there will be a few plays every game, too, that we say, 'Well, jeez, we didn't have anybody who could have done that in the past.' He is what he is"

What does matter to the coaches is length, and that's something this rookie class doesn't lack.

Deiondre' Hall says he's even been asked if he can scratch his knee standing up.

"I didn't hit a growth spurt until my freshman year of college. Once I started filling into my body that really became a point of emphasis for a lot of the coaches to utilize that."

"Length is always good - provided you have the movement skills that allows you to use your length," Fangio explained. "Length is only good if you can stay close to the guy. Then, when the ball comes, the length becomes an advantage."

Head coach John Fox says it's important for these rookies to have a genuine passion for the game.

Defensive back DeAndre Houston-Carson certainly fits that mold.

He said that when he was two years old his first words were 'touchdown' and 'hallelujah.'