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Predicting the Impact of Every Chicago Bears 2014 Draft Pick

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Predicting the Impact of Every Chicago Bears 2014 Draft Pick

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With the 2014 NFL Draft now over, it is time to assess just how big an impact each draft pick will make for the Chicago Bears this season.

First Round: Kyle Fuller, CB

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First Round: Kyle Fuller, CB

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The Bears took Fuller at No. 14 overall. With an aging CB group, Fuller should be able to make an immediate impact and see plenty of play time this season. Though he is listed at CB it would make sense for Fuller to line up at nickel to see more snaps on the field too. Playing behind veteran Charles Tillman, Fuller should soak up plenty of knowledge to go on to become a star.

Second Round: Ego Ferguson, DT

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Second Round: Ego Ferguson, DT

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The Bears took Ferguson in the 2nd round and raised a few eyebrows in the process. Considered a raw talent, Ferguson should be able to find plenty of playing time this season with very little depth along the defensive line ahead of him. Playing alongside Jared Allen and Lamarr Houston should open plenty of opportunities for Ferguson to succeed in a Bears uniform.

Third Round: Will Sutton, DT

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Third Round: Will Sutton, DT

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In the 3rd round the Bears continued to add depth along the D-line by picking Sutton. Heading into this season Sutton will have the same opportunities to succeed as fellow rookie Ferguson. Though Sutton is considered a bit more of a polished product, his ceiling isn't as high as Ferguson's may be. I would look for Sutton to add some quality depth behind Ferguson this year.

Fourth Round: Ka'Deem Carey, RB

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Fourth Round: Ka'Deem Carey, RB

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With their 4th round pick the Bears brought in Carey to add quality depth behind Matt Forte. With only one other RB on the roster with NFL carries, Carey should be able to find his way onto the field this season. Carey has shown an ability to catch the ball from the backfield, which is one of Forte's specialties. This should help him step into the offense and give Forte a few breathers.

Fourth Round: Brock Vereen, S

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Fourth Round: Brock Vereen, S

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The Bears traded their fifth round pick in order to move up and take Vareen at 131st overall. Coming off a season in which their safeties struggled mightily, the Bears needed to add some quality depth at the position. With Chris Conte coming off surgery and a few other journeyman safeties on the roster, Vareen should have no problem making a big impact this season.

Sixth Round: Pat O'Donnell, P

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Sixth Round: Pat O'Donnell, P

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After parting ways with former Punter Adam Podlesh at the end of the season, the Bears had no clear cut replacement in mind. O'Donnell averaged 47.1 yards per punt last year for Miami. Though he is considered more of a distance guy instead of a directional punter, O'Donnell has shown some ability to place the ball, which will be big for the Bears this season.

Sixth Round: David Fales, QB

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Sixth Round: David Fales, QB

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Also in the sixth round the Bears addressed their back-up QB position by adding David Fales. Though Jay Cutler is the clear starter, his durability has been an issue in the past few years. With only the inexperienced Jordan Palmer listed as back-up, the Bears needed an insurance policy in the event that Cutler goes down again. His only hope for play time would be if Cutler is injured and Palmer struggles badly as a replacement.

Seventh Round: Charles Leno Jr, OT

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Seventh Round: Charles Leno Jr, OT

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To close out their draft the Bears selected Charles Leno Jr. in the seventh round. With all the O-line positions filled already, Leno is merely a developmental pick. He has the stats and size to be a quality backup in the future. Hopefully the Bears will not be in need of his services as a starter this season, though he could make his way in as a replacement for an older player in a year or so.

Mike Cuddy is a Chicago Bears writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @MikeCuddy, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.

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