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Chicago Bears Second Round Selection: Defensive Tackle Ego Ferguson, LSU

| May 10th, 2014

From CBS:

STRENGTHS: Tall, well-built frame with well-proportioned bulk from head to toe. Flexible body type with natural bend, controlling his momentum well when he stays low with impressive change of direction skills for his size. Long arms and quick hands, using his strong limbs to press and lock out.

Good vision and awareness, keeping his eyes elevated to locate and track the ball. Quick read/react instincts and not easily fooled. Quick off the snap with the foot quickness to chase and make plays away from the line of scrimmage. Improved block anticipation and instincts, elevating well at the line of scrimmage to knock down passes.

Holds the point well with his aggressive demeanor, playing with a chip. Good work ethic off the field, adding 40 pounds of good weight since enrolling at LSU.

Versatile skill-set to be a force vs. the run and the pass and can play any interior defensive line position at the next level – not scheme specific.

WEAKNESSES: Doesn’t always explode off the ball. Not slow, but not as quick-twitch as other interior rushers. Uses his arms well to stack, but needs to do a better job swatting and shedding. Doesn’t consistently use his hands to disengage, too easily handled by single blockers at times.

Tends to get too high and needs to keep his pads low to better redirect his momentum. Not fundamentally sound and still developing his upper and lower body mechanics. Needs to continue to develop his counter moves and more effective getting to the QB – only one career sack.

Needs to play more disciplined and eliminate dumb penalties. Lacks ideal experience and overall production as a one-year starter. Missed the 2013 bowl game due to an undisclosed illness.

 

I will need to go back and look at game film to truly give an opinion. But this is the position the Bears HAD TO attack in the second round.

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  • RenoBear

    WTF

  • SC Dave

    Damn Giants fucked up my contest

  • Trac

    Woohoo. Unbelievable that this guy fell to us. I can’t believe the Steelers didn’t snatch him up before us. Yes Sir, whooooooopeeeeeeee

    • DaMurph

      Sarcastic bastard!! hahaha

      • Trac

        lol, If you can’t beat the sons of bitches, join em.

  • Shady
  • Bear Down in Tampa

    Hate the pick because of who was still available.

    • tobijohn

      Who would you have preferred?

      • DaMurph

        Nix

        • Bear Down in Tampa

          Yep.

        • Shady

          Doesn’t fit.

          • DaMurph

            Hes the same as EGO, only I think a better player. Similar size, speed etc. They both play the same position on a four man front.

          • Shady

            Nah, Nix is more of a nose tackle. Ego is a developmental 3-T.

          • DaMurph

            not as slow as he plays hes not.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    These reports are crazy…none of them are similar with another. In one they say he has small arms, here he has long arms. That’s as stupid as it gets.

    While often overshadowed by his LSU teammates, Ego Ferguson proved to be an invaluable cog in the middle of the Tigers’ stifling defense. A stout run defender capable of occupying gaps and controlling blockers, his impact allows others to make plays. He projects as a good rotational 1-tech but could also bulk up and assume a nose tackle role in a three-man front.

  • Shady

    Emery’s got a big Ego.

    • DaMurph

      I see how ya did that….

    • Trac

      Emerylovesdalimelite!!!! You Betcha!!!

      • 505 Bears

        .com

    • gpldan on DRAFT DAY

      Jericho!

  • FQD1911

    hmmmm….at least we drafted a position of need. LSU is known for productive DTs, so I’m with it.

  • tobijohn

    I guess Jeff gets to keep his Bears tickets…

    • Shady

      Time for a new contest!

  • Bear Down in Tampa

    Where’s Kony going?

  • 505 Bears

    Way to wave the carrot there Jeff…..I smell conspiracy…HAHA

  • Shady

    I thought Emery had an opportunity to trade up a few spots and grab Jernigan or Tuitt.

  • Trac

    This guy has one career sack(run stopper I guess), was a redshirt his fresh and soph year, was a 4th year junior and didn’t start. What say you?

    • 505 Bears

      He won his 4th grade spelling bee?

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      did I hear that right ? Run stopper ? that’s a shock …not.

    • Trac

      Bring him in first downs and 3rd and shorts. Sounds great.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        on’t sound so surprised. It’s not like I didn’t tell you this… like… 2 months ago. Look it this way…his role is to stop the run, so the 1st round pick CB can play more snaps and get those new DE go get sacks. Da Bearssssss.

  • 505 Bears

    I like Ego…SEC so he faced good competition and in rotation, so not going to start right away. Plus, not too fat

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    I don’t know this ‘kid’ as I don’t know none of them. That being said I like/love the pick. This DT seems like a big strong versatile DT. And I don’t give a shit if ‘experts’ call him a reach. HE IS THE TYPE OF DT THE BEARS NEEDED !!! Love he strategy. Get a guy that can stop the run, has room for improvement as a pass rusher and can play different positions in different schemes. Great stuff for Emery… and it’s what I envisioned.

  • 505 Bears

    Trade back into 2nd?

    • 505 Bears

      Conte and a bag of Cheetos?

      • Shady

        Leave the Conte, take the Cheetos.

        • 505 Bears

          We would be robbing that team then.

  • CanadaBear

    I don’t have any idea about either pick. At least we’re addressing areas of need (except one). Either we get lucky with a 3rd rd rookie safety (where have I heard that before) or Emery is counting on a vet cut dropping into our lap. Mundy is the only one I have any hope for. Jennings is supposed to be awful, Conte is and Steltz is an end of the roster player you can’t help but admire. That means 1 so-so starter (probably at SS) and ?????????? @ FS. YIKES!

    • 505 Bears

      We picked up like 9 safeties…. none of them good, but still have like 9 safeties going into camp

      • CanadaBear

        That’s not very reassuring.

        • 505 Bears

          I’m trying to bring some sunshine. lol

    • Cormonster

      I was listening to a Packer radio show today and they were laughing about the Bears signing MD Jennings. They said it was addition by subtraction, especially since the Bears signed him.

      • 505 Bears

        You listen to Packer radio?! Turn in your Bears card…LOL

        • Cormonster

          The show covers all Wisconsin sports, but is heavily focused on the Packers and Badgers. It’s actually very good. Only sports show I like better is Mully and Hanley. I live in western Wisconsin, so I, don’t have many options when out working.

          • 505 Bears

            Only joking… you should be our spy. You are in the enemy lines

          • Cormonster

            I know. I watch most Packers games every year, and know more about the team than most Packer fans. My second favorite team changes every week, based on who the Packers are playing.

  • DaMurph

    Once again Phil leaves us shaking our heads!

    • 505 Bears

      Said the same thing with the Long pick last year and that worked

      • DaMurph

        yeah, but how many times can lightning strike?

        • 505 Bears

          I call my Johnson lightening and it strikes at least twice a year….haha

          • DaMurph

            good man!

        • bearsfantillend

          This guy got struck seven times, i think emery can be better
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Sullivan

  • BerwynBomber

    Fitting that NO would select a player named Jean-Baptiste.

  • 505 Bears

    Where do we pick in the 3rd?

    • CanadaBear

      They reverse the order of the 8-8 teams each rd so we will be back to the same order as the first rd (14).

  • 505 Bears

    Hyde for Niners? They have a shot ton of RBs now

  • 505 Bears

    Glad the Aints are not in our division… annoying fans

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    He is 6.3 ft…Suh is 6.4 ft…Atkins is 6.2. He is heavier than both of them, so that’s good. Love it.

    • 505 Bears

      Plus, not being a full-time starter, his knees and body are not wrecked… I believe

      • BerwynBomber

        Right, the fact that he had a hard time securing a starting spot at LSU is a huge plus 😉

        • 505 Bears

          Not a huge plus, but a backing up at LSU is like starting at a Big 10 school, and I like Big 10 football.

        • to be fair, he sat behind guys who are now in the NFL. But yeah.

  • gpldan on DRAFT DAY

    STRENGTHS Good size, foot speed, balance and athletic ability. Flashes the ability to stack, locate and shed. Bends his knees, redirects efficiently and has good range for a 300-pounder — flows well laterally. Nice closing speed. Had disruptive potential.

    WEAKNESSES Needs to get stronger through his core and base. Needs to quicken his hands and use them more violently. Raw counters and pass-rush moves. Power element is missing. Spends too much time idled at the line of scrimmage. Does not dominate single blocks and gets beat up by double teams. Limited two-gap ability. Disappears for long stretches. Only a one-year starter with minimal behind-the-line production.

    DRAFT PROJECTION Rounds 2-3

    BOTTOM LINE Athletic, raw, developmental three-technique with clear upside, though he is inexperienced, aimless and unrefined at this stage of his development. Needs more glass in his diet and simply does not impact games the way he should. Is likely to test well and be drafted higher than his performance dictates in the hopes a defensive line coach can tap into his potential.

    • gpldan on DRAFT DAY

      Phil Emery: Super Scout.

      Hmmm. Lazy and fragile players wanted.

  • 505 Bears

    Meester is Jared Allen’s lil cousin

  • A few thoughts here (watched 3 game tapes)

    1) Obviously coached to engage blockers rather than try to penetrate. But he pretty much just stands there. Doesn’t do anything, but at least takes up space.

    2) Not seeing that quickness on tape at all. Just looks like a big fatso. Doesn’t push anybody back either, but doesn’t usually get pushed back.

    3) THe goal is for him to rotate with Paea and basically be a better version of Paea at nose. I wanted a 3T because I think Ratliffe fits better at nose, helping the interior pass rush. Guess they’re looking at Houston as their de facto 3T on passing downs then.

    • Shady

      Should be interesting to hear Emery’s take on this pick, not sure when he’s expected to take the podium at Halas Hall.

      • probably not til after rd 3

        • but I can tell you right now what Emery will say: incredible combination of size/athleticism, really think they can shape him up into something special.

          This pick reminds me a TON of Bostic. Draft a kid who was average in the SEC because he looks like he should be a great football player. But there are better players on the board.

          • gpldan on DRAFT DAY

            He coulda had Kony Ealy, I’d rather take a guy with a motor and possible character issues than a guy without a motor.

          • Will Sutton. That’s what they needed. A pass-rushing DT. Not a run-stuffer. They have Ratliffe/Paea for nose.

          • MB30SD

            I was hoping sutton.

            I don’t get emery, but he saw and knew WAY more than I do about any and every player on the board so just have to hope he knows what he’s doing

          • 505 Bears

            Sutton still on the board

          • yeah, teams must not be sold he’s back to 2012 form. Wouldn’t mind him rd 3…

          • but I’m doubting it at this point. He’ll grab some S I don’t like and that will be that.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      Hard question: use Lamarr Houston as a 3T on passing downs or a rookie DT ? Hmmmmmmm. Let me think about it. Hmmmmm. PS: If he stops the run at a good level it’s a good pick right there. He could become more than that. The point is… stop the run with the DLine and play nickel behind it… you know…using that 1st rounder CB a lot.

      • if he stops the run it’s a good pick. I agree on that. But I wasn’t impressed with his ability to do that on tape either.

        Plus IMO the run D has already been addressed. Houston very good at that for DE, Tillman/Fuller at CB will help a ton, McClellin no longer DE single biggest factor, and the run D was actually really good last year before they lost all their DTs and were starting a 260 pound DE next to a guy signed off the street in week 3 who was cut by the Cowboys, who had the worst DL in the NFL. Oh yeah, and a 250 pound LB at DE next to that. That’s why the run D was shit.

        And IMO you can never have too many good pass rushers.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          N-I-C-K-E-L

          • again, they already have Ratliff (3-4 nose) and Paea (4-3 nose). Not a need, IMO.

            People forget that, before every single DT got hurt last year, their run D was solid but their pass rush sucked balls. Then they lost their top 3 pass rushers. I know they signed some in FA, but they need pass rush, especially on the interior.

          • Barb UMihai Mar

            not if you play nickel man. Last year the Patriots had Willfork-Kelly, the Saints had Bunckley-Jenkins (6 ft 3 in, 359 lb), the Broncos had Knighton-Vickerson. These are all BIG run stopping pairs. Not much instant pass rushing right there. Plus Ratliff is best known in the NFL for being a penetrator NT. He’ll be the pass rushing DT.

      • JR

        If he stops the run at all I’ll take that, but the dude looks like complete ass on his highlights. Plus injuries obviously happen, so he may have to actually push the passer on occasion, which he clearly can’t do.. This pick is awful.

        • Barb UMihai Mar

          nobody knows. All you can do is evaluate the strategy of a pick. I love without any questions the strategy of picking a nickel CB in the 1st round and a big run stopping DT in the 2nd. It goes hand on hand. The 2nd rounder plays the first down, the 1st rounder plays the money downs. On the money downs I want my new highly paid pass rushing DL unit…Allen-Ratliff-Houston-Young. It makes so much sense that I called this shit 1 month ago. That’s the beauty of it.

  • 505 Bears

    MB did take his ball and go home?

    • MB30SD

      Yes. Gots my babies maing. They’re watching spongebob

      • 505 Bears

        Right on man… I had to bust your balls a little bit..haha

  • JR

    Man, I was really hoping Emery wouldn’t pull the smartest guy in the room stuff. But #’s aside, Ego looks like complete shit on film. It’s almost like if any analysts like a guy Emery goes the complete oppostie on purpose. At least we have Alshon Jeffry…. Pretty frustrating to say the least.

    • he has incredible size/athleticism combo.

      But at no point in any of the 3 games I watched did he look like anything more than an average college player. This is a pick based on upside and upside alone.

      • JR

        Lets just hope for whatever reason that trying in college football wasn’t important to him at all, and trying as an NFL player is very important to him… That’s my only hope for this weird, Shea style pick.

        • I wouldn’t call it Shea-style. I think he can at least be what Paea is, eventually. Solid DT depth to help stuff the run. But you can find those guys in round 4-5 pretty easily IMO.

          • Shea was a guy who just didn’t fit what they wanted him to do (be a 4-3 DE).

            Ferguson fits as a 4-3 nose, it just remains to be seen if he’ll be good at it (as it does for all rookies, to some extent).

          • JR

            Exactly, Emery knew the Bears ran a 4-3 when they picked Shea for sure. It wasn’t a surprise to Phil… I really think Emery’s whole goal is to hit on guys other “experts” don’t have projected as high. I would love to see a draft where the Bears draft the best guy avail according to most people.

          • Emery looks for guys who fit his athletic profile. He doesn’t give a rats’ ass what anybody else thinks.

          • JR

            I know he doesn’t give a rats ass, but is he that much smarter than EVERYONE else? Jeffry and Long aside, he sucks at drafting with his “rats ass” way..

          • it’s not that he’s smarter than everyone else. He just ignores everyone else. Probably legitimately doesn’t know what they say. Too busy doing things his way.

          • JR

            I guess. But seriously, I really wish he would just follow NFL or ESPN rankings and I think the Bears would be in a better place. They would have Chandler Jones instead of dumbass Shea. And that’s enough for me…

          • JR

            It’s sad to say but Emery is so off the wall that it’s borderline ridiculous at this pt.

          • johnnywad

            You’re high or something right?

          • johnnywad

            He drafted two starting offensive linemen that started every game as rookies on one side of a line in a brand new scheme on the best offense in franchise history and second best in the league last year. Alshon the year before. What in thee hell do you want?

          • johnnywad

            Oh. And one’s already a pro bowler. Angelo took the consensus pick. Cedric Benson, Gabe Carimi, etc. Screw that

          • but they wouldn’t have Long, or Jeffery

          • JR

            Maybe, nobody knows where things end up. It’s just the random shit that pisses me off. Those are the only good things draft wise he’s done for sure.

          • not even close. He’s been damn good drafting O so far. D not so much. Needs some of those “potential” picks to start living up to their potential.

          • Cormonster

            NFL website has Ego rated higher than the Patriots first round DT.

          • NFL website has the dumbest ratings ever. They rank like 15 guys as future starters and everybody else is a STer.

            Last year Washington was Chicago’s highest rated pick. SMH.

          • Cormonster

            That’s kind of what I was getting at without writing a long reply.

          • johnnywad

            Precisely. Like I said. Kyle Long gives me reason to back these three picks. Screw the experts. If they had better info than anybody else, why even hire a GM? Just read the cheat sheets and have an admin call in the pick

          • Big Mike

            Because those sources have interviewed players, had access to medical reports, and have an intimate view of the Bears’s objectives and strategies?

          • JR

            Nah man. I get that emery does his own thing, but 3 useful players
            (Jeffry, Mills, Long) after 2 drafts doesn’t give me a ton of faith in
            what he’s doing. Obviously, some others on here think he’s a drafting
            genius. I’m not one. I hope I am wrong.

          • Big Mike

            Can’t say that. Bostic, Greene, book is still out on them. What you have named are the three guys that exceeded expectations. Isaiah Frey is a contributor (he was a 6th round pick, so anything you get there is a plus). Hardin and Rodriquez were busts. McClellin underperformed, but a guy that plays as much as he has, is still a contributor. I’m not ready to call him a bust. He’s got a shot to turn himself into an LB. Marquees Wilson is projected to be the 3rd receiver this year and he was a 7th round pick. Only Cornelius Washington, looks like he might wash out from the 2013 draft. So you can’t say that there are only 3 useful players.

          • johnnywad

            Most experts are full of shit. Emery earned some draft day capital last year with Kyle Long. I’m just glad he’s chipping away at the DL. Time will tell if he’s right on each player ot not. I’m willing to give him a pass on his disagreement with the “experts”. For now……..

          • JR

            “guys in round 4-5″ easily”. That’s the problem…

          • but he has the athleticism to be much more than that, which is why he went this high.

            ON tape he was clearly coached to just take up blockers. So I didn’t see quickness, but he’s supposedly really quick and has a great first step. I’m curious to see how Chicago uses him.

  • gpldan on DRAFT DAY

    I’m looking at Kenny Ladler for Rnd 3.

  • gpldan on DRAFT DAY

    BTW, Kyle Fuller is a shit interview.

    One word answers, really have to pull him out, acts like a bit of a attitude. Mully and B&B spoke to him. Now Bernstein is a dick, but Mully tried to get him to talk: no dice.

    • Big Mike

      He’s shy

    • 505 Bears

      We have the characters (Allen, Bennett (sp?), etc) Give me a kid that is hungry

    • Cormonster

      I heard him on Mully and maybe Da Bears site last night. Terrible interview, but he didn’t cry when drafted. He just seemed like he was all business, and had a look of determination on his face. I liked that.

  • 505 Bears

    Nix is still there?

  • Big Mike

    Not worth all the aggravation

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    This Ego is the total opposite of that Donald ‘kid’. Are you guys still convinced Emery would have picked him at 14 if available ?The things are clear to me… the Bears got the highest DT on their board that has the qualities they wanted. He could not even be the better DT at that point… but he was the better DT at the type they wanted… big, strong, versatile, high upside.

    • 505 Bears

      Ego is bigger… we shall see… Maybe Donald’s game does not (hopefully) transfer to the NFL game?

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Let him have success. Why not ?

      • AlbertInTucson

        Donald will, ostensibly, be playing on a line with 3 other first round picks including, Chris Long. That should hel his “translation”.

    • Trac

      I get the run stop bit, really. Why not draft the kid in the third round though. Needs picks get you into trouble when you don’t time it right.

      • Barb UMihai Mar

        Who knows ? You say ‘get him in the 3rd round like it’s fantasy football’. We don’t know what’s what and who’s who. It’s not like this Ego DT was a so called ‘5th rounder’. He was seen as a second day pick all the way, so he is not a bum. My personal vision for the draft was CB-S-DT. So Fuller-S-Ferguson.

  • Ferguson said Bears told him he’s gonna be a 2-technique.

    Their past DTs have been 1-tech (nose) and 3T (pass rush). So Ferguson will be the guy they use in middle of hybrid looks. 3-3-5 nickel, IMO.

    • which would likely look Allen-Ferguson-Houston with Shea as a rover rusher

      • 505 Bears

        That front will wreck havoc!!

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      NO FUCKING SHIT !!! BUT DON’T LISTEN BARB… HE’S A BARBARIAN FROM CLOSE TO RUSSIA. Fuck this shit, man.

  • gpldan on DRAFT DAY

    We are at pick 73 and Nix is still there. Hmmm.

    • Shady

      Must be some serious injury flags.

    • they just took a Nix. If they go DT again it damn well better be a pass rusher (Quarles, Reid, Sutton).

      • gpldan on DRAFT DAY

        I said Hmmm, not like “we should get him” but rather “there’s something we don’t know”

  • BerwynBomber

    “NFL cool with Marvin Harrison on this stage?”
    I wondered about that too but then again this is a game/league in which Ray Lewis is beloved, so I suppose seeing Harrison up there isn’t a reach.

  • gpldan on DRAFT DAY

    I have to hand it to Harbaugh for grabbing Carlos Hyde to take over for Frank Gore.

    • what about Lattimore though? Jesus that team is stacked at RB.

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      they have sono former College star also. Back from injury.

  • Shady

    Welp. Does Emery continue drafting defense, or does he look for a playmaker on offense?

    • Trac

      I bet he uses our two picks in the 6th round to mop up with Offensive picks that are the BPA left on his board.

      • Shady

        I like this Dri Archer kid. RB out of Kent St. Won’t last that long. I think Emery has to keep building depth on D, maybe the obligatory 3rd rd S…. And there goes Terrance Brooks to BAL.

      • Big Mike

        Good thought

    • Barb UMihai Mar

      He’ll go Safety. The Wr position is a wild card always with Emery. He can’t stand not drafting a playmaker if he is there.

  • Shady

    There goes Jeff’s guy Borland to SF.

    • he’s a better fit in a 3-4 where he can thump and be hidden in coverage.

      Damn SF works the draft well. Not just this year, their GM is a fucking draft wizard.

      • Shady

        St. Louis has been stockpiling talent too.

        • Big Mike

          They should they had a million picks from the skins

      • Cormonster

        Borland is a VERY good pass rusher too. He was a human highlight reel for four years. Watched damn near every Badger game. One of my all-time favorite football players. He forced one less fumble in college than Mack against much better competition. When he switched to MLB junior year and took over calling plays, he didn’t rush as often, but mixed with that LB crew he could be dangerous.

        • Cormonster

          And your right, I seen him as a 3-4 LB all the way in the pros.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Ego Ferguson. Sounds like a name for a wide receiver, no?

    • gpldan on DRAFT DAY

      And his brother, Id Ferguson.

      • Shady

        Jericho!

  • Trac

    Guess what? The highest ranked safety left on the board is a white kid from Stanford. hahahaha

    • gpldan on DRAFT DAY

      His name is Ergo Ferguson. (Because he’s so smart)

      (crickets)

  • Shady

    Bears pick is in…

  • Trac

    Ed Reynolds?

  • Bears go Sutton round 3. BOOM

    • I FUCKING LOVE THIS PICK

      • Shady

        Seriously?

        • seriously

          • Shady

            Nice.

        • MB30SD

          Dude’s a beast. I actually saw him play in their bowl game against TT in San diego… holiday bowl

        • gpldan on DRAFT DAY

          SHouldn’t you know and spoil it for everyone first?

      • MB30SD

        We got sutton too???

        Awesome!!!

  • Shady

    Props to you guys who called it!

  • tobijohn

    On balance, how are we feeling through Round 3?

    • Shady

      Cautiously optimistic.

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    Now stop the nonsense. PS: We are really, really, really fucked at S, guys. Not laughing anymore.

    • Trac

      Nah, we’re all set!

    • IBNO

      OK, if 2014 Conte is like 2012 Conte, we’re OK. I hope.

      If 2014 Conte’s even ready at the beginning of September.

  • Shady

    Tape, Data, give us the tape!

  • IBNO

    Oh fuck… another round and no FS?

    I’m gonna go sit in the corner, hug my knees, and rock myself back and forth, muttering, “Phil’s got a plan; Phil’s got a plan; Peanut will be a great FS”

    • tobijohn

      LOL

    • Shady

      haha

  • gpldan on DRAFT DAY

    There goes Nix – to the Texans.

    Nix – Clowney – JJ Watt

    Yeee-haww!

  • Shady

    Emery clearly not impressed with Paea.

    • bearsfantillend

      Emery should not have been impressed with any d-linemen from last year.

    • gpldan on DRAFT DAY

      F-f-f-f-f-f-f-f-flatbread

    • only had 1 DT under contract next year. Now have 3.

  • Well, DL depth is now pretty freaking amazing.

    Hoping for Huff in rd 4. But realistically the starting S this year are gonna be Mundy and Conte/Jennings (god please Conte)

  • gpldan on DRAFT DAY

    STRENGTHS Very good athlete. Good body control and balance. Feels blocking pressure and finds the ball quickly. Effective spin move. Shoots gaps and makes plays behind the line. Flattens down the line and can range to the sideline. Strong tackler and athletic enough to string down backs in space. Outstanding career sack production (20.5) from the interior.

    WEAKNESSES Short. Questionable competitiveness and desire. Motor runs hot and cold. Will disappear for stretches. Has some underachiever traits, and work ethic has a lot of area for improvement. Average strength at the point of attack. Can be turned and rooted out of the hole by the double team. Can improve hand use and develop more of a pass-rush arsenal. Poor timed speed.

    DRAFT PROJECTION Rounds 4-5

    BOTTOM LINE Bulked up and added a lot of bad weight as a senior, negating his initial burst and diminishing his production, yet still showed good quickness off the ball. Played at a more natural weight and was noticeably a step quicker in 2012. Fits best as an under tackle in an even front and would be best playing close to 290 pounds. Would benefit tremendously from a disciplined nutrition regimen.

    • this guy was P12 DPOY even in a down year. I’m down with that. Plus he’s already back below 300. Think this kid could have a very good year.

    • Trac

      It sure seems like Emery likes to draft players a round early. Is this part of his strateegery?

      • Sutton was talked about as a first half of round 1 guy coming into 2013. I’m just fine with buying low on him in round 3. Would have loved him in round 2.

        I’ve been saying Alshon here for 3 months. Dropped due to a down last year with weight problems. The weight is already off.

  • Shady

    New tread. Dancing animals, etc. etc.

  • gpldan on DRAFT DAY

    I like Sutton a lot more than Khyri Thornton, who the Pack just grabbed.

  • 505 Bears

    Where is that fat duck the Big Cheese? Their draft has sucked!!

    • how can you say good or bad right now? THey took a very safe pick to fill a need rd 1. IMpossible to know how good any of the guys will be.

      • 505 Bears

        Ugh…. yeah because we have never seen Clowney in the nfl

  • gpldan on DRAFT DAY

    Emery about to speak in 10m. You can hear it on Score 670

  • Chicago now has an incredibly deep, talented, and versatile DL. That makes me very happy. A lot of guys who can do a lot of different things, and they can throw a lot of different looks at you. If they can figure out a way to harness all of that into a good unit (which they should IMO), that will do wonders for the defense.

  • 505 Bears

    Go Hawks!!

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