Updated Chicago Bears Day 3 NFL Draft Notes


With Day 2 finished the Chicago Bears must now lean on their scouts to truly solidify their roster as the NFL draft concludes.

Ego Ferguson and Will Sutton cement Bears front

Bears fans wanted defensive tackle fixed in the NFL draft and they got their wish as Phil Emery loaded up the position on Day 2 with Ego Ferguson and Will Sutton.  In Ferguson the Bears get a big, powerful space eater who exudes great strength to hold the point of attack and stop the run.  In Sutton they have a kid was arguably the most dominant interior pass rusher in 2012 before bad advice led to weight gains that hampered him in 2013.  If these two play to their potential the Chicago front just got a lot better.

Dontae Johnson and Antone Exum offer crafty safety solutions

The Chicago Bears did the right thing by not reaching for safety in the second or third rounds but it still remains a position of concern.  Unfortunately the position is thinning to a point where they are unlikely to find a difference-maker who can start.  On the other hand, recent hints suggest there may be a way around that problem, and it starts with exploring a strong cornerback class.  One thing Phil Emery told his scouts is to keep an eye on corners who might be able to switch to safety.  Looking at the board it might have been a great decision because there are still some quality players with experience at corner and safety including Dontae Johnson out of N.C. State and Kyle Fuller’s Virginia Tech teammate Antone Exum.

Ka’Deem Carey and Devonta Freeman remain running back options

They didn’t pull the trigger early but the Bears are fully expected to address the running back position at some point in the 2014 NFL draft.  Options remain available.  Arizona standout Ka’Deem Carey is still up for grabs.  He isn’t the fastest but showed great vision and instinct when carrying their offense.  His combine showing hurt his stock but the kid is a complete back who can do everything asked of him.  The same goes for Florida State star Devonta Freeman.  Despite a shorter frame he has the eyes, agility and toughness to tote plenty of touches.  He makes difficult catches look easy and sticks his nose in as a pass protector.  Both would become a great backup to Matt Forte

Christian Jones and Telvin Smith lead strong linebacker group

The Chicago Bears drafted two linebackers in the 2013 NFL draft, so the position wasn’t as pressing a need but there are still some concern about the lack of depth, particularly in the middle.  Two names that certainly must catch the eye of Phil Emery are Florida State teammates Christian Jones and Telvin Smith.  Jones played inside for the Seminoles and displayed that coveted athleticism and range 4-3 teams love in the middle because he can take on blocks against the run and can turn and drop into coverage.  Smith is often called too light for linebacker but it’s hard to deny his ability.  He has outstanding eyes and instincts, knows where the ball is going and has the speed to blow plays up before they start.  He tackles, can chase down ball carriers and is a leader on the field.

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  • Gioscianna

    Max Bullough and Jordan Tripp as MLB options as well.

    • Erik Lambert

      Most definitely options to consider.

  • Kirk Devries

    Wondering about Telvin Smith being able to play safety.

    • Erik Lambert

      Has the speed.

  • Kirk Devries

    Disappointed they did not take T Smith. Also, the running back from Arizona, tells me they feel M Ford is not the answer behind Forte, wish he was.

    • Erik Lambert

      Don’t be too disappointed Kirk. Smith hasn’t been taken yet, first of all. Second, you are going to love Ka’Deem Carey. I watched this kid run against Oregon and he could not be stopped. He finds the hole and is really hard to bring down. Doesn’t fumble. Knocked for his lack of speed but that doesn’t bother me for running backs. Has good hands to receive and sticks his nose it for blocking. Really good pick.

      • Kirk Devries

        Been watching the highlights. I like him:) Doesn’t fumble is a biggie and I agree with the speed thing. How many times does a running back get the chance to take it to the house from 50 yards plus out? Not much. Emery has been a breath of fresh air.

        • Erik Lambert

          He has common sense, which is something new of late. Carey was one of the best on the board and he took him. He’s one of those guys that can get you 4, 5, 6-yard chunks to wear down a defense and then can pop one late. I’m no longer worried about the depth chart behind Forte.

  • Tom Ward

    Ok you got another one! Doing a good job! I was excited for the season to start before – now I am REALLY excited! I think Emery is doing a wonderful job. I probably should not mention this but do you think there is any truth to the rumor about Berry from KC?

    • Erik Lambert

      Too late. They just took Brock Vereen from Minnesota.

      • Tom Ward

        Ok I run to the post office gone ten minutes and they make a trade. What did we give up for another 4th and I see we have a 7th round now.

        • Tom Ward

          Oh I see no 5th round – but how did we get another 4th and a 7th for a 5th?

          • Erik Lambert

            We get Vereen and a 7th this year for our 5th this year and next year.

          • Tom Ward

            What is your opinion on Vereen – was he worth trading up for and loosing a 5th next year?

          • Erik Lambert

            I actually pinpointed him early in the draft process. He has everything you want in a safety. Range, toughness, intangibles, leadership and playmaking ability. His problem was his team was bad and he was never allowed to develop at one position. He was a corner then a safety and corner again and a safety again. He needs stability and time to hone his skill, which is considerable.

          • Tom Ward

            Ok you say he needs stability and time to hone his skill – do you think he can start this year? I see Mundy at SS and Conte is going to miss most of the summer which can give Vereen a lot of reps and time.

          • Erik Lambert

            I absolutely think he can. We have a veteran defensive staff now and a proven developer in Jon Hoke. If Vereen lives up to his reputation as a dedicated worker, he has the physical ability to convince coaches that they don’t have to fall back to Conte.

  • bojo1944

    I find it hard to accept that the Bears used their first round pick for a player whose season ended by injury when they could have had Pryor or Dix,who would be starters! also, Jernigen would of been better than either of the two defensive tackles they picked!

    • Erik Lambert

      If it were a knee or neck or foot injury I’d agree with you, bojo. But this was a sports hernia which doesn’t have chronic problems like other ailments. Fuller gives them badly needed insurance in the long-term where the Bears didn’t have it. I believe Emery thinks the value rests more in the front seven and corners than the safeties. If you are solid in those areas, history shows you can get away with good-not-great guys on the back end.