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


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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  • Jaime

    Seemed like a bit of a reach to me. Do you think Will Sutton or Nix would have been better picks? Based on what people are saying it seems like Ego would have been there in round 3 or 4 if he was the guy we really wanted…

    • Erik Lambert

      We can’t be sure of that. Ego has higher upside than Sutton or Nix, which is classic Emery. He’s already a stout run stuffer and has plenty of athleticism to become a force as a pass rusher. His biggest knock is raw technique, which is correctable.

      • DiscountPCRepair SATX

        I am glad the BEARS did not take Nix. He has already been dealing with injuries. When you are between 330 and 350 pounds and dealing with knee and leg problems, it does not seem promising. The last thing the BEARS needed was another injury-prone draftee.

        • Erik Lambert

          They took the right guy. Ferguson is just as quick as Nix, is 315 lbs with plenty of strength and is a better athlete. No injury history as well.

  • Guest

    Fair enough, I hope he pans out. I trust Emory. Where do you think the Bears will go in the third round? I’d love to see them take Chris Borland or Terrence Brooks if they are available.

    • Jaime

      Whoops that response was from me, not sure why it says guest..

      • Erik Lambert

        Why not add more beef up front, this time some pass rush? Will Sutton is a great value for the third round. Him and Ferguson could be the pairing of the future.

        • DiscountPCRepair SATX

          Nailed it

          • Erik Lambert

            So I did. Great pickup.

          • Tom Ward

            OK OK you did nail it – no getting a big head now!!!! Since your on a roll what is next?

          • Erik Lambert

            4th round? Telvin Smith and Christian Jones are still out there at linebacker. Would love either of them. Ka’Deem Carey at running back. Another corner, perhaps one that can shift to safety like a Jaylen Watkins or Antone Exum. Or maybe just another corner period like Pierre Desir or Keith McGill. Lot of options.