Chicago Bears Wisely Add Depth to DL With Ego Ferguson

By Clyde A. Speller
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Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Once again, the Chicago Bears focused on the defensive side of the ball with their second pick of the 2014 NFL Draft. Chicago decided to add more beef to the defensive line, and selected LSU defensive tackle Ego Ferguson.

The 6-foot-3, 315-pounder didn’t have eye-popping numbers against the pass in 2013 (one sack), but did show his stoutness against the run with 58 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss.

There’s a great chance that Ferguson doesn’t crack the starting lineup in his rookie year, but will add some depth to the interior of the Bears’ defensive line. It seems that general manager Phil Emery isn’t too concerned about adding more of a pass-rushing presence to the D-line, considering the free agents who were added during the offseason. Rightfully so, Chicago needs to do everything possible to improve a run defense that surrendered an average of 161.4 yards per game (last in the league).

This pick definitely addresses one of the major needs for the Bears’ defense. Ferguson should be a reliable part of Chicago’s rotation along the defensive front. However, I think that a better choice could have been made with this pick.

If it were up to me, I would have probably selected Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton. Regardless of how many pass rushers are on a roster, a team can never have enough of them. Sutton not only is a much better pass rusher at the three technique, but he also is pretty stout against the run. Sutton seems to be a more polished D-lineman, versus Ferguson. We’ll just have to see how much of a work-in-progress Ferguson is this upcoming season.

Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller.

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