Nov 30, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils defensive tackle Will Sutton (90) takes the field to start the 87th annual Territorial Cup against the Arizona Wildcats at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears 2014 NFL Draft Review

Free agency solved a lot of problems for the Chicago Bears.  Did they supplement that success with a good 2014 NFL draft?

Round 1 – #14 – Kyle Fuller – CB – Virginia Tech

There really isn’t anything on the football field Kyle Fuller can’t do.  He can play press.  He can play zone.  He can guard receivers, tight ends and running backs.  He can shift to safety or blitz off the edge.  He hits and he tackles.  There is no glaring weakness to his game.  A plug-and-play starter out of the 2014 NFL draft in an area the Bears need him.

Round 2 – #51 – Ego Ferguson – DT – LSU

Many questioned this pick but looking at it from the Chicago Bears perspective, it makes a ton of sense.  While not the highest rated defensive tackle on the board at the time, Ego Ferguson rates universally high on the athletic scale despite being 6’3″, 315 lbs.  He’s a space eater, country strong and is nearly impossible to run at.  Developmental upside as a pass rusher as well.

Round 3 – #82 – Will Sutton – DT – Arizona State

Most agree that Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton was Aaron Donald in 2012 before Donald dominated in 2013.  His 13 sacks that year demonstrated how devastating he is as an interior pass rusher.  Unfortunately weight problems hampered him last season, but those problems appear in the past.  If he recaptures that old form, this pick is an outright steal.

Round 4 – #117 – Ka’Deem Carey – RB – Arizona

Speed means way more at wide receiver than it does running back.  Ka’Deem Carey showed at Arizona that vision, strength and agility can more than get the job done.  He runs hard, doesn’t fumble and showed the versatility to catch passes and stonewall pass rushers.  That and instincts will carry him far if he stays out of trouble.  A perfect backup for Matt Forte.

Round 4 – #131 – Brock Vereen – FS – Minnesota

Lack of production was a big knock on safety Brock Vereen coming out of Minnesota but a variety of reasons from playing with little help to constantly switching between safety and corner did not aid his development.  Vereen is a big athlete with range, instincts and leadership intangibles that can blossom if nurtured properly.

Round 6 – #183 – David Fales – QB – San Jose St.

They may be comfortable with Jordan Palmer but the Bears knew they still needed a young project at quarterback and David Fales is perfect for them.  He’s a smart, savvy, rhythmic passer who demonstrated accuracy and good decision-making at SJSU.  Marc Trestman’s offense should fit him like a glove.

Round 6 – #191 – Pat O’Donnell – P – Miami

Punting was an absolute nightmare for the Chicago Bears in 2013 and the field position problems it created can be argued to have cost them a couple games.  Clearly Phil Emery is taking no chances here.  Pat O’Donnell is a big, strong kid from a proven program and showed his improvement in 2013 by averaging 47.1 yards per punt.

Round 7 – #246 – Charles Leno Jr. – OT – Boise State

Marc Trestman values pass protection more than anything else regarding offensive football.  Charles Leno is a big, nimble tackle with the long arms and athleticism to take on any type of pass rusher there is.  His technique and lower body are underdeveloped as yet, but Aaron Kromer is a proven master at coaching up late rounders.

Grade:  B+

This is what you would call a sneaky good draft.  It wasn’t a home run but the Chicago Bears addressed all of their needs with quality players who fit perfectly with their system and all have considerable upside.

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Tags: 2014 Nfl Draft Brock Vereen Chicago Bears David Fales Ego Ferguson Ka'deem Carey Kyle Fuller Will Sutton

  • Goodshepherd Americanbullies

    It’s funny to hear people keep saying IF Sutton can lose 10 lbs he could be really good. Uh , if I can hire a personal trainer at my local gym & lose 10 lbs I’m sure the Bears have good weight watchers plan for Sutton, lol. Seriously tho they shud put him in there with that guy that McClellin worked with this offseason

    • Erik Lambert

      I’m not worried about the weight problem. He already seems to have it under control. I buy the rumors that he received bad advice from people close around him to get heavier. Now that he’s in a scheme that fits who he is, he can just do what he does best.

    • Sagar

      He lost the weight though…He’s at 290 right now. He doesn’t need to lose anymore.

      • Erik Lambert

        If that’s true then I agree and the problem should be solved. Paul Pasqualoni can start turning him into the beast he was in 2012.

  • Donald Quixote

    Overall I give them a B- grade. While I understand the Fuller pick, I felt that the need at safety was just more glaring. While they are no doubt old at CB, they have no one at safety. Ha Ha Clinton Dix or Pryor would have been excellent picks. Hopefully Fuller follows in the footsteps of Kyle Long and becomes a Pro Bowler sooner rather than later.

    I had no big problems with any of the other picks except for two: the Ferguson and the Fales picks. There were other better prospects available in round 2, at DT in particular. Ferguson is raw and does not display the ability to rush the passer. If a run stuffer was all that was needed, the kid from Notre Dame would have been better. They also could have moved up to get Jernigan.

    Fales is a waste of a pick. I don’t care how smart or savvy you are, if you have the arm of an 8 year old you are going to struggle even as a back up. The fact that he is short for a QB and played for a lesser college program will hurt him as well. They could have signed someone off the street like VY who would be better even as bad as he is.

    • Erik Lambert

      Not for nothing Donald but Josh McCown wasn’t exactly known for his arm strength either. He was about timing, accuracy and decision-making. Even Trestman himself said arm strength is not what makes his system go. He wants somebody smart, calm and who will make the right decisions. You say VY would’ve been a better choice yet he has never shown an ability to be a consistent passer. Lesser program or not, Fales did.

      The Bears don’t need Ferguson to rush the passer. That is what Sutton is for. They need Ego to stop the run, which he did very well at LSU. Nix fell to the 3rd round for a reason. He already has knee problems before even entering the pros and lugging around that 340-lbs frame will only make it worse as time goes on. Ferguson has no such issues and unlike Nix has the athletic upside to factor as a pass rusher later on. As for Jernigan, any trade up would’ve cost more than the Bears needed to pay. Frankly I don’t understand the love affair with him. He’s not much of a pass rusher either and last I checked Ferguson is actually bigger than he is.

      As to your questioning of the Fuller pick, I understand everybody wanted them to take a safety but the fact is it really isn’t as bad as everybody claims. Keep in mind the Bears had the 5th overall defense in 2012 with Conte and Wright at safety. Were they great? No. However the team proved yet again you can boast great defense with marginal safeties if your front seven and corners are good. That is what Emery focused on. He bolstered the defensive ends, loaded up the interior and added a solid young, corner. Conte played hurt most of the year as we learned. Maybe a fresh start and some competition from Brock Vereen is what he needs to realize his potential.