2014 NFL Draft: Chicago Bears’ 5 Dark Horse First-Round Targets

2014 NFL Draft: Chicago Bears’ 5 Dark Horse First-Round Targets

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Throughout the offseason, the same names have come up as possibilities as the Chicago Bears’ first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Safeties Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Calvin Pryor are said to be selected with the 14th overall pick on many mock draft boards, as well as defensive tackles Aaron Donald and Timmy Jernigan. There’s a great chance that one of these players will be the Bears’ first selection, but let’s take a look at five dark horses.

5. Louis Nix III, Notre Dame

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5. Louis Nix III, Notre Dame

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Louis Nix III was predicted to go to the Bears by a lot of people before free agency took place. Once Chicago let it be known that they would stick with their 4-3 defensive alignment, talks of Nix coming to the Windy City subsided, but not completely. The Bears could still benefit from Nix’s 6-foot-2, 331-pound frame in stopping the run, an area where Chicago was dead last a season ago.

4. Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota

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4. Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota

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Just like Nix, Ra’Shede Hageman had many saying that he would end up in the Windy City early in the offseason. The 6-foot-6, 310-pound defensive tackle would be a great complement to Chicago’s revamped defensive line, and he would add versatility to the interior with his ability to play over the nose in the three technique.

3. Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame

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3. Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame

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At 6-foot-6, 304-pounds, Notre Dame’s Stephon Tuitt is big enough and strong enough to play defensive tackle as well as athletic enough to play defensive end. Tuitt’s versatility along the defensive front would greatly help the Bears’ rotation of D-linemen.

2. Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State

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2. Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State

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Chicago did re-sign four cornerbacks this offseason, but if Clinton-Dix, Pryor, Donald and Jernigan happen to be off the board before pick No. 14, don’t be surprised if the Bears go after Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard. There’s no telling how long Charles Tillman will stick around, and adding Dennard for the future would be smart.

1. Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech

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1. Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech

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Virginia Tech’s Kyle Fuller is one of five cornerbacks to possibly go in the first round. Fuller could be the biggest dark horse for the Bears if their primary targets, along with Dennard and Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert, are off the board once they are on the clock for the first time.






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