May 11, 2014

2014 NFL Draft Review: Chicago Bears

#17 Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

Chicago Bears
Division: NFC North | Last Season Record: 8-8

What Needed to be addressed in the Draft: The secondary. They need at least one starting corner, and while they could use upgrades at both safety spots, coming away with at least one would be fine. The defensive line, particularly the interior, needs to be addressed as well, and maybe linebacker depth.

On offense, Chicago could use a number two running back, a fast slot receiver, and a backup quarterback after losing Josh McCown via free agency. 5th round right tackle Jordan Mills should improve, but they'd be wise to bring in competition.

Individual Draft Picks:

Round 1

14. (14) Kyle Fuller, CB
Experience: Senior | School: Virginia Tech
Height: 5-11 | Weight: 193 lbs.

Round 2

19. (51) Ego Ferguson*, DT
Experience: Junior | School: Louisiana State
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 302 lbs.

Round 3

18. (82) Will Sutton, DT
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Arizona State
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 297 lbs.

Round 4

4. (117) Ka'Deem Carey*, RB
Experience: Junior | School: Arizona
Height: 5-9 | Weight: 209 lbs.

31. (131) Brock Vereen, SS
Experience: Senior | School: Minnesota
Height: 6-0 | Weight: 199 lbs.

Round 6

7. (183) David Fales, QB
Experience: Senior | School: San Jose State
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 210 lbs.

15. (191) Pat O'Donnell, P
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Miami
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 220 lbs.

Round 7

31. (246) Charles Leno Jr., OT
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Boise State
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 303 lbs.

Two Picks of Note:

Best Value Pick:

Will Sutton, DT (Round 3, Pick 18)
Experience: Senior (RS) | School: Arizona State
Height: 6-1 | Weight: 297 lbs.

Analysis: Almost went with David Fales here, but getting a guy who can immediately step in and disrupt from the interior in the 3rd round is definitely deserving of being considered the "best value pick". Will Sutton was a day 2 steal, and can be just as good in the NFL as Aaron Donald, who went in the first round.

Most Questionable Pick:

Ego Ferguson*, DT (Round 2, Pick 19)
Experience: Junior | School: Louisiana State
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 302 lbs.

Analysis: Ferguson is very talented, and I do believe he can develop into a starter, but they reached for him in the second round, and passed on a few prospects who would have been better value. Not a terrible pick at all though.

Undrafted Free Agent Signings:

Most Notable

Christian Jones, OLB
Experience: Senior | School: Florida State
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 239 lbs.

Analysis: Bold Prediction: The Bears picked up a future starting linebacker. Christian Jones is very versatile. He can start at any of the three linebacker spots, and has pass rushing upside. Very surprising that he was not drafted.

Other Free Agent Signings

Jordan Lynch, QB, Northern Illinois
James Dunbar, OT, Texas Christian
Brandon Dunn, DT, Louisville
DeDe Lattimore, ILB, South Florida
Tana Patrick, LB, Alabama
Lee Pegues, DT, East Carolina
Cody Booth OT, Temple
Ryan Groy, OG, Wisconsin
Don Shumpert, WR, Iowa

Draft Review:

Analysis: Though I thought it was a little early in the first round for him to come off the board, the Bears got a potential shut down corner in Kyle Fuller, but he may end up starting at safety.

Doubling up on defensive tackles on day 2 was very smart, especially if both end up becoming starters. While Ferguson was a bit of a reach in the second round, Will Sutton will be an impact player from day one, and a long-term answer at the 3-technique spot if all goes well.

Ka'Deem Carey's stock took at hit when he tested poorly at the combine, but he has a little LeSean McCoy to his game with his shiftiness, and should pair nicely in the backfield with Matt Forte.

Not 100% sure they came away with a starting safety in the 4th round, but Brock Vereen (brother of Patriots RB Shane Vereen) was a good value pick, as was David Fales in the 6th, who I had a third round grade on.

Though I'm not a fan of drafting punters, the Bears landed the best one in the draft. Pat O'Donnell has a booming leg, and should be a big upgrade for them. Charles Leno Jr. can play guard or tackle. He'll provide solid depth.

The Verdict: The only thing keeping this draft from being at least an "A-" is the fact that they may not have come out of this draft with a starting safety. Brock Vereen should immediately compete for a starting job, while Kyle Fuller most likely will start at corner, and not safety. I also felt like the Bears should have taken advantage of a talented receiver class, as they need someone to push Marquess Wilson for the #3 receiver job. Overall, however, strong draft for the Bears. They filled several big needs and trusted their board. They drafted very well.

Overall Grade: B+