Chicago Bears Day 2 2014 NFL Draft Primer
While there is still a glaring need for a safety, Fuller brings versatility at the defensive back position and will likely compete to be the team's nickelback in 2014. He could also potentially push to be the team's starter at cornerback if Charles Tillman can be convinced to move to free safety.
Having Fuller in place will give Phil Emery and the Bears the flexibility to look at a variety of different positions during Day 2 of the draft, and we will touch on what effect his selection has on the draft moving forward.
This team has plenty of needs to address, and plenty of solid options will be available on Day 2.
Here is our Chicago Bears Day 2 2014 NFL draft primer.
Day 1 Recap and Analysis
Phil Emery and the Bears got the guy they wanted when they selected Virginia Tech's Kyle Fuller with the No. 14 pick on Thursday night.
#Bears GM Phil Emery: "Extremely happy to have Kyle Fuller be a new Bear. This is a player that is universally loved in our building."— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) May 9, 2014
Despite having needs at safety and along the defensive line, Emery was elated to get Fuller.
"This is an example of taking a player that we really like," Emery said in his press conference Thursday night.
The team seems set at the cornerback position in 2014, with Tim Jennings and Charles Tillman penciled in as starters, but Fuller's versatility will be a great attribute for the Bears secondary.
Emery said the Bears like the versatility of Kyle Fuller's coverage, the type of players he could cover, slot, outside.— Bears Insider (@bears_insider) May 9, 2014
"It's definitely about being a tough and physical player," Fuller said in his press conference. "My ability to be versatile, being able to play corner or the slot, my ability to tackle. I feel I have a good knowledge of the game and then overall there's my ability to make plays for my team."
Fuller should be able to immediately step in as the team's nickelback in 2014 and could potentially be moved outside as a starting cornerback if the team decides to move Charles Tillman to safety. Tillman has stated in the past that he has no intention of moving to safety, but that does not mean he will not change his mind.
Some fans may not agree with the Fuller selection, but he gives the team much-needed depth in the secondary, and his versatility could come in handy during the 2014 season.
Updated Needs for Chicago Bears
The Bears addressed a big need at the cornerback position in the first round with their selection of Kyle Fuller.
Moving forward, the Bears still have plenty of needs to address, and Emery and his staff will have their hands full on Day 2.
Here are five of the team's remaining positional needs.
Kyle Fuller's selection gives the Bears more versatility and depth in the secondary, but there remains a need at the safety position.
As it stands, the Bears currently have Ryan Mundy, M.D. Jennings, Chris Conte, Craig Steltz and Danny McCray as the only safeties on their roster. Mundy, Conte and Jennings have seen significant time as starters but have had their fair share of struggles.
It will come as a surprise if Emery does not address the safety position with one of the team's two picks on Day 2.
While the most glaring need remains at safety, depth and youth at defensive tackle are other areas of concern.
Both Israel Idonije and Jeremiah Ratliff are getting older, while Stephen Paea and Nate Collins are coming off injury-plagued 2013 seasons.
The team could survive with what they have at defensive tackle in 2014, but the talent at the position may be too difficult to pass up on Day 2.
Despite having one of the league's better running backs in Matt Forte, there is still a need for a running back who can spell Forte for a series or two at a time.
The Bears have overpaid aging running backs in the past to back up Forte, and most have failed to make much of an impact.
The team currently sits with Michael Ford and Shaun Draughn as its only backups to Forte, and the position could benefit from a dynamic change-of-pace running back.
The Bears are set at two of their three linebacker positions, with Lance Briggs penciled in as the team's starter at weak-side linebacker and D.J. Williams at the middle linebacker position, but the strong-side linebacker position is still up for grabs.
Shea McClellin and Jon Bostic are expected to compete for the strong-side linebacker position, and the Bears would be wise to find even more competition for the position. With Briggs and Williams getting older, it would not hurt to find a linebacker or two who could develop into their eventual replacements.
The team boasts a starting wide receiver duo of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, but there is still a need for a wide receiver who can play the slot and stretch the field.
Despite the team being high on 2013 seventh-round pick Marquess Wilson to take over the third wide receiver position, they could look in either the second or third round to find a wide receiver to challenge him this offseason.
Top Day 2 Targets
Despite some of the biggest names coming off the board in the first round, plenty of solid options will be available for the Bears to select on Friday night.
Here are six players I believe the team should be targeting on Day 2.
1. Ra'Shede Hageman, Defensive Tackle, Minnesota
Emery drafted an athletic player with high upside in the first round in Kyle Fuller, and he may be looking to do the same in the second round.
Minnesota's Ra'Shede Hageman is a monster of man, measuring in at 6'6" and 310 pounds. Despite his enormous frame, he has a tremendous first step and is one of the most athletic defensive tackles in this draft.
His work ethic is a concern and may be the reason he has fallen to the second day of the draft. If the Bears are willing to take a risk on a player with tremendous upside who has the ability to wreak havoc in the middle of the defensive line for years to come, Hageman should be their guy.
2. Terrence Brooks, Safety, Florida State
After a run at the safety position that saw Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Calvin Pryor, Deone Bucannon and Jimmie Ward all go in the first round, Terrence Brooks quickly becomes a hot commodity for any team looking for a safety.
The Bears added one piece to their secondary by drafting Fuller, and Brooks could help solidify the free safety position.
Brooks has a great combination of speed, agility and awareness. His versatility gives him the ability to cover tight ends or wide receivers in the slot, come up and play the run in the box, and man the back half of the field as a single-high safety.
3. Timmy Jernigan, Defensive Tackle, Florida State
If Ra'Shede Hageman is off of the board when the Bears select at No. 51, Florida State's Timmy Jernigan could be the Bears' next best option.
Jernigan has the flexibility to play either the 3-technique or nose tackle position. He does a good job of maintaining his gaps and uses his long arms and frame to move past strong defenders.
4. Will Sutton, Defensive Tackle, Arizona State
Will Sutton was one of the most dominant 3-technique defensive tackles in all of college football during the 2012 season. After being asked to gain weight in 2013, his production dropped off, and his draft stock fell because of it.
He has the potential to be a dominant 3-technique in the NFL and will have to prove he can get himself back to his old playing weight.
5. Charles Sims, Running Back, West Virginia
A virtual clone of Matt Forte, Charles Sims possesses great vision and patience as a runner and has some of the best hands out of all of the running backs in this year's draft.
He likely would not be an option until the third round, and he could be a perfect complement to Forte in the running game.
6. Ed Reynolds, Safety, Stanford
If the Bears want to remain primarily a Cover 2 defense in 2014, Stanford safety Ed Reynolds would be a perfect fit.
Reynolds plays with good anticipation and instincts and rarely finds himself lined up in the wrong spot. He still needs to develop in man coverage but has proved to be solid in zone. He projects as a possible third-round pick.
What Are the Experts Saying?
Most draft analysts spend the majority of their time working on mock drafts that feature just the first round. Occasionally, some make the effort to also include Day 2 of the draft.
Here are what some experts think the Bears should do on Day 2.
I mentioned in the first round that Chicago's current regime has drafted athletes who can play multiple positions. That's not the case with Kareem Martin - though he could rush inside on passing downs - but he also fits Phil Emery's big, athletic prospect mold.
I agree that Martin does not fit Emery's desire for a defensive player who can play multiple positions, and I don't think he would be a good fit for the Bears, as they addressed the defensive end position this offseason with Jared Allen, Lamarr Houston and Willie Young.
Nate Davis, USA Today: Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Cornerback, Nebraska
Enormous defensive back (6-3, 218) has physical traits eerily similar to Richard Sherman's and is also a former wideout. Bears need someone who can take over for Charles Tillman in the near future.
Davis originally projected the team to select Aaron Donald in the first round. This pick would have been far more plausible had the team not taken Kyle Fuller with the No. 14 pick.
Peter Schrager, FoxSports.com: Stephon Tuitt, Defensive Tackle, Notre Dame
Schrager does not include analysis beyond the first round, but Stephon Tuitt would fill a need along the defensive line for the Bears. He has the ability to play inside at the 3-technique and could also line up as a defensive end.
Dan Durkin, CBSChicago.com: Kony Ealy, Defensive End, Missouri
He’s the wild card of this group. Ealy played defensive end at Missouri but has the frame to potentially add on a few pounds to move inside to the three-technique. Ealy has a quick first step and is an excellent hand fighter who displays a full repertoire of pass rush counter moves.
Durkin highlighted some of the best remaining options for the Bears, and Ealy may be the most intriguing. He fits into Emery's mold of a player who can play multiple positions, and he would give the team another legitimate pass-rusher.
4 Predictions for Day 2
The Bears Will Attempt to Trade Back
It is hard to gauge who will be available when the Bears are set to pick at No. 51 on Day 2. If they feel they can get a player they covet and can trade back to do so, Emery will do his best to get as much in return as possible.
The team may be able to find a trade partner that wants to move up to select a quarterback such as Fresno State's Derek Carr or Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo.
If They Stay at No. 51, Expect the Bears to Take a Defensive Tackle
If the Bears opt to remain at No. 51, there is a good chance they will address their need at defensive tackle.
Florida State's Timmy Jernigan, Notre Dame's Stephon Tuitt, Arizona State's Will Sutton and Missouri's Kony Ealy are all legitimate options.
Jernigan has the most flexibility on the interior, as he can play both the 3-technique and nose tackle positions, and Ealy has the ability to play both inside and outside and could have the best value at No. 51.
The Bears Will Pass on a Quarterback
At Emery's press conference last week, he touched on whether the team would be willing to draft and develop a quarterback in this year's draft:
#Bears GM Phil Emery highlights Jordan Palmer and Jerrod Johnson at QB. Offers explanation against late-round development QBs.— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) May 1, 2014
Emery appears content with Jordan Palmer and Jerrod Johnson as the team's backups and suggested the team would not be interested in drafting a late-round quarterback.
But what about a quarterback in the second round?
It might be intriguing if Derek Carr or Jimmy Garoppolo is available when the team picks at No. 51, but given all of the needs the team has on defense, it seems unlikely that either would be on the team's radar.
The Bears Will Take an Offensive Weapon with pick No. 83
If the Bears are able to address the defensive tackle position in the second round, it will allow them to take the best player available, even if he resides on the offensive side of the ball.
LSU's Charles Simms and Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey could be options at running back. If the team wants to solidify its wide receiver position, South Carolina's Bruce Ellington and Wyoming's Robert Herron would be perfect fits.
Updated Chicago Bears Mock Draft
Round 2, Pick No. 51: Will Sutton, Defensive Tackle, Arizona State
I have been high on Will Sutton to the Bears in the second round for some time now, and my opinion has not changed.
Despite his weight issues and the concern that he is not as explosive as he once was, Sutton brings athleticism and youth to a defensive tackle position that sorely needs it. He may not last until pick No. 51, but he will be an ideal fit for the Bears if he is available.
Round 3, Pick No. 82: Brock Vereen, Safety, Minnesota
Despite getting younger at cornerback by drafting Kyle Fuller, the Bears need to solidify the safety position.
Minnesota's Brock Vereen is an athletic, rangy free safety who has the potential to develop into an NFL starter if he can improve against the run.
Round 4, Pick No. 117: Terrance West, Running Back, Towson
Matt Forte is not getting any younger, and Towson's Terrance West could wind up being a steal in the fourth round.
West has good vision and is a patient runner. He keeps his feet moving, is effective near the goal line and has above-average hands.
Round 5, Pick No. 156: Kelcy Quarles, Defensive Tackle, South Carolina
South Carolina's Kelcy Quarles would be a welcome addition to an aging defensive tackle group.
He is quick and possesses a good first step, but his production may have been more a product of playing alongside Jadeveon Clowney.
He has the potential to develop into a solid rotation player in his rookie season if pushed by the right coaching staff.
Round 6, Pick No. 183 (via Tampa Bay): Colt Lyerla, Tight End, Oregon
Despite having Martellus Bennett on the roster, the Bears still have a need at the tight end position.
Oregon's Colt Lyerla was viewed as a dynamic pass-catching tight end who could become a force in the NFL until he was arrested and pleaded guilty to charges of cocaine possession in October and left the team.
Despite his arrest, Lyerla showed versatility while at Oregon. He was used as a tight end on the line of scrimmage and even lined up at running back at times.
Round 6, Pick No. 191: Walt Aikens, Cornerback, Liberty
Even with the addition of Kyle Fuller in the first round, the Bears need to get younger at the cornerback position.
Liberty's Walt Aikens is an aggressive cornerback who doesn't shy away from contact. He plays a bit stiff in the hips but has good enough speed to match up with quicker receivers.
All stats and combine information courtesy of NFL.com.
Matt Eurich is an NFL/Chicago Bears Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report.
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