By Kyle Johansen @kylejohansen on April 2, 2014
The Chicago Bears have had some recent success on day two of the NFL Draft as Pro Bowlers Alshon Jeffery and Matt Forte were both selected in the second round. The Bears selected Jon Bostic in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft and did not have a third round pick last year. The Bears will once again look towards the defensive side of the ball for players who can add much needed youth and depth to an overhauled Bears defense in 2014.
Justin Ellis is a relatively unknown player who has impressed many scouts throughout the country. At 6-foot-1, 334 pounds Ellis features excellent run-stuffing size and shows power when engaging offensive linemen. For a man his size, Ellis also features a quick burst which contributed to his 5.5 tackles for loss last year to go along with 1.5 sacks and one pass deflection.
Lamarcus Joyner has been compared to former LSU safety Tyrann Mathieu with his impressive playmaking ability. Joyner is undersized at 5-foot-8 and 184 pounds, but could line up as a nickel back and can contribute immediately on special teams. Joyner had seven tackles for loss last year with two interceptions, three forced fumbles, four pass breakups and 5.5 sacks.
Keith McGill is a large cornerback at 6-foot-3 and 211 pounds, yet he still ran well at the combine with a 40-yard dash time of 4.51 seconds. McGill also impressed at the Senior Bowl showing the skills to stay at cornerback. If the Bears would prefer to move McGill to safety he could potentially excel at that position. McGill featured loose hips at the combine and has shown the ability to keep up with receivers downfield.
Ego Ferguson features excellent athleticism at 6-foot-3 and 315 pounds, giving him the potential to step in immediately as a starter in the Bears’ defensive line rotation. Ferguson can be a disruptive force with the ability to attack the line of scrimmage and create confusion in the backfield. Ego Ferguson finished the 2013 season with 58 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and a sack for the LSU Tigers.
Jimmie Ward had an excellent season for Northern Illinois in 2013, totaling 95 tackles, seven interceptions and 10 passes defended. Ward showed quality coverage skills at the Senior Bowl and has shown impressive instincts throughout his college career. Ward’s biggest strength may be his reliability as a tackler and this is an area where the Bears were absolutely dreadful in 2013. Ward has the skills to be an above average NFL safety.
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