Sep 21, 2013; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers defensive tackle Ego Ferguson (9) tackles Auburn Tigers running back Tre Mason (21) as he carries the ball in the second quarter against the Auburn Tigers at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Draft Grade: Chicago Bears Select Ego Ferguson

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The Chicago Bears selected defensive tackle Ego Ferguson with the 51st in the 2014 NFL draft.

Scheme Fit

Everybody knew the Chicago Bears were going defense early and defensive tackle was arguably their biggest need.  Ego Ferguson, from a talent perspective, might be one of the best in the entire draft.  He has the size and strength to play the run but the quickness and leg power to collapse the pocket against the passer.  Did suffer from some inconsistency at LSU but has clear upside.

My Reaction

Phil Emery isn’t afraid to go after his guys and Ferguson is a perfect example.  He’s big, long, versatile and projects to be a better pro than college player.  Personally I really like the pick.  The biggest knock on his is not physical but developmental.  Chicago just added veteran coach Paul Pasqualoni who excelled as a defensive line specialist.  He should be able to tap into the obvious Ferguson has.

Grade:  B+

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