Grading the Chicago Bears’ 2014 NFL Draft Picks

Grading All Eight of the Chicago Bears' Draft Picks

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During the 2014 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears had a plan and they executed it to near perfection. Although not every one of their eight picks was spot on, the majority of their selections addressed needs and should yield production sooner rather than later. Overall, it was a promising showing from GM Phil Emery and Co.

With that in mind, here are my grades for the Bears’ eight 2014 NFL Draft picks.

Round 1 (14th Overall): Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

Kyle Fuller
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Round 1 (14th Overall): Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

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The Bears simply couldn’t have asked for much more out of their first-round pick. Not only was cornerback a serious area of need for Chicago, but they watched arguably the top cornerback prospect of the 2014 class fall into the laps at the spot. Fuller will see plenty of early snaps for the Bears.

Grade: A+

Round 2 (51st Overall): Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU

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Round 2 (51st Overall): Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU

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Heading into the draft, the Bears knew they needed to upgrade their run defense after a horrid showing last season. They didn’t wait long to make some improvements, taking Ferguson in the second round. While there are some concerns about his motor, Ferguson’s size and physicality bode well for Chicago’s future.

Grade: B+

Round 3 (82nd Overall): Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State

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Round 3 (82nd Overall): Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State

Will Sutton
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The emphasis on defense continued into the third round when the Bears drafted Sutton, another standout defensive tackle. While the Arizona State product will certainly have no trouble finding a role in Chicago, he’s another player with a questionable motor who has some boom-or-bust potential.

Grade: B-

Round 4 (117th Overall): Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Arizona

Ka'Deem Carey
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Round 4 (117th Overall): Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Arizona

Ka'Deem Carey
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After dumping Michael Bush this offseason, the Bears knew they needed to add more talent at running back. With Carey now behind Matt Forte on the depth chart, there’s little to be worried about moving forward. The former Wildcat is a productive, physical back who can also make an impact as a receiver.

Grade: A

Round 4 (131st Overall): Brock Vereen, SS, Minnesota

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Round 4 (131st Overall): Brock Vereen, SS, Minnesota

Brock Vereen
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There’s certainly plenty to be excited about with Vereen, a late-riser who displays tremendous athleticism and tenacity out on the field. While there’s plenty of reason for the Bears to have made this pick, it’s a bit of a reach for Vereen. Still, the upside is there for him to contribute early in Chicago.

Grade: B+

Round 6 (183rd Overall): David Fales, QB, San Jose State

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Round 6 (183rd Overall): David Fales, QB, San Jose State

David Fales
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After watching Josh McCown leave via free agency, the Bears were set on finding a backup quarterback via the draft. When they watched Fales fall to them in the sixth round, they couldn’t have been happier. Some will question Fales’ lack of arm strength, but his accuracy and pocket awareness make him an outstanding developmental quarterback.

Grade: A

Round 6 (191st Overall): Pat O’Donnell, P, Miami (FL)

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Round 6 (191st Overall): Pat O’Donnell, P, Miami (FL)

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A bit of a wasted pick here. Prior to the draft, the Bears already had two punters on the roster. While O’Donnell might be better than both of them, he’s far from an elite prospect whose stock was unreasonably inflated due to his surprising athleticism. O’Donnell simply wasn’t worth a sixth-round pick.

Grade: C-

Round 7 (246th Overall): Charles Leno Jr., OT, Boise State

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Round 7 (246th Overall): Charles Leno Jr., OT, Boise State

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In the seventh round, teams aren't looking for anything more than depth, so this pick does make some sense. The Bears needed extra talent along the offensive line, and Leno has the potential to be a capable backup at the next level. However, there were better blockers on the board at that point in the draft.

Grade: B-

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