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Ranking the Chicago Bears’ 2014 Draft Picks From Worst to First

Ranking the Bears' 2014 Draft Picks From Worst to First

Chicago Bears 2014 NFL Draft
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After missing the playoffs by one game last season, the Chicago Bears entered the 2014 NFL Draft looking to upgrade several areas of their roster. Specifically, the Bears needed to bring in prospects who could help revamp their aging defense. With their eight picks, Chicago drafted several talented players who should make an impact next season. Here is a breakdown of how their selections rank from worst to best.

8. Sixth-Round (191st overall) - Pat O’Donnell, P, Miami

Pat O’Donnell, P, Miami
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8. Sixth-Round (191st overall) - Pat O’Donnell, P, Miami

Pat O’Donnell, P, Miami
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To the dismay of many Bears fans, Chicago drafted a punter in the sixth round. Pat O'Donnell is not a bad player. In fact, he may very well end up starting for the Bears. Still, Chicago could have used the selection on a defensive back or another need area and waited to sign a punter after the draft.

7. Second-Round (51st overall) - Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU

Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU
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7. Second-Round (51st overall) - Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU

Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU
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The Bears needed to improve their defensive line in the draft, especially at defensive tackle. Chicago had to find a three-technique who could penetrate into the backfield and create havoc. The Bears tabbed Ego Ferguson as this player and selected him in the second round. Ferguson flashes talent, but he was just a one-year starter at LSU and failed to make a noticeable impact. He will need to develop quickly if he hopes to see the field in 2014.

6. Seventh-Round (246th overall) - Charles Leno Jr., OT, Boise State

Charles Leno Jr., OT, Boise State
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6. Seventh-Round (246th overall) - Charles Leno Jr., OT, Boise State

Charles Leno Jr., OT, Boise State
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The Bears added depth to their offensive line in the seventh round by drafting Charles Leno Jr. Leno Jr. is a versatile prospect who can play any position on the offensive line. This versatility will improve his chances of making the 53-man roster. In the seventh round, teams are looking to acquire players who can develop into starters down the line. Leno Jr. could very well follow this path.

5. Sixth-Round (183rd overall) - David Fales, QB, San Jose St.

David Fales, QB, San Jose St.
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5. Sixth-Round (183rd overall) - David Fales, QB, San Jose St.

David Fales, QB, San Jose St.
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The Bears lost Josh McCown this offseason, leaving them with a need for a backup quarterback. Chicago hopes that sixth-round pick David Fales can fill this role. Fales has a quick release and good accuracy, but he lacks the prototypical size and arm strength of an NFL starter. Fales will have the opportunity to grow under Marc Trestman and become a serviceable backup.

4. Fourth-Round (117th overall) - Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Arizona

Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Arizona
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4. Fourth-Round (117th overall) - Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Arizona

Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Arizona
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The Bears drafted Ka'Deem Carey to add depth to their running back unit. Carey is a talented runner who also has the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. If Carey can mature and move past his off-field issues, he could be a solid contributor to the Bears' offense. Still, running back was not a big need for the Bears, and at this point in the draft, they should have continued to focus on the defensive side of the ball.

3. Fourth-Round (131st overall) - Brock Vereen, S, Minnesota

Brock Vereen, S, Minnesota
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3. Fourth-Round (131st overall) - Brock Vereen, S, Minnesota

Brock Vereen, S, Minnesota
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Safety was arguably the Bears' biggest need entering the draft. After passing on the top-tier safety prospects in the first round, the Bears addressed the position in the fourth round when they drafted Brock Vereen. Vereen is a good athlete who is strong in pass-coverage. Chicago desperately needed someone who could cover opposing receivers and tight ends in the back-end of their secondary. Vereen should be able to handle this assignment.

2. First-Round (14th overall) - Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
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2. First-Round (14th overall) - Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
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The Bears infused their aging cornerback unit with a bit of youth by drafting Kyle Fuller in the first round. Fuller can play on the outside or slide in and man the nickel corner spot. He is also a dynamic special teams player who has the ability to impact a game in kick coverage. The Bears hope that Fuller can take over as their No. 1 corner when Charles Tillman retires or leaves the team.

1. Third-Round (82nd overall) - Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State

Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State
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1. Third-Round (82nd overall) - Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State

Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State
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Chicago followed their second-round pick of Ego Ferguson by drafting another defensive tackle, Will Sutton, in the third round. Unlike Ferguson, Sutton had a very productive college career. He is a three-technique who shows good athleticism and an ability to rush the passer. If the Bears can get him to play with more consistency, Sutton has a chance to be a difference-maker on their D-line.

 

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