The best of the Bears draft...
1.14: CB Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech
When Aaron Donald went off the board at No. 13, Fuller became a slam-dunk pick for the Bears at No. 14. Donald would have filled an immediate hole at the 3-technique, but Fuller adds youth, length and talent to a cornerback group in Chicago that needed all three. He was my top cornerback in this class, complete with anticipation and reaction skills, and a physicality and aggressive streak that consistently showed up against the run. Pop in his tape against Alabama and you'll see everything Fuller brings to the next level. The Bears got a good one—and at a position of need, no less—in the first round.
3.82: DT Will Sutton, Arizona State
Hard to fault a team so in need of defensive tackles for rolling the dice on a player many considered a first-round talent as recently as a year ago. Sutton put on too much weight as a senior and his production and draft stock took a big hit. But if the Bears can get him down into the 290 to 295 range, they'll have a potentially disruptive 3-technique on their hands to help replace Henry Melton.
Remember, Sutton posted 13 sacks and 23.5 tackles for losses as a slimmed down junior. He still finished his collegiate career with 20 sacks, an impressive number for a defensive tackle. At No. 82, Sutton was well worth the investment as a low-risk, high-reward kind of addition.
4.117: RB Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona
He's short (5'9"), lacks top-end speed (4.7-second 40) and he had a few off-field incidents. That's the bad news. However, Carey was one of the most productive college running backs in recent memory, finding the end zone 42 times and totaling nearly 4,000 rushing yards over the last two seasons. He also caught 77 passes. You worry he's taken too much collegiate punishment, but Carey is a talented runner who could flourish behind Matt Forte in Marc Trestman's offense.
4.131: S Brock Vereen, Minnesota
The Bears needed more help at safety. In Vereen, they get a converted cornerback who lit up the combine with impressive numbers across the board. His athleticism and range give him a chance to be a productive free safety at the next level. There's worry about his ability to support against the run, and he didn't generate many takeaways at Minnesota. But in the fourth round, can you expect much more in a safety than a smart and athletic player like Vereen? If he develops, the Bears have a future starter.
6.183: QB David Fales, San Jose State
Phil Emery bluffed against his interest in taking a quarterback late, and then did it anyway in the sixth round. Why not? Emery is giving his head coach a coachable passer, and given how well Marc Trestman did in advancing the skill sets of Jay Cutler and Josh McCown in just one season, it's a good bet Fales will at least turn into a strong backup in Chicago. Fales isn't big or fast, but he can read defenses and provide professional-level accuracy throwing the football.