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The Bears clearly entered the 2014 draft with bolstering their defense in mind. They drafted four defenders in the first four rounds, including two on the defensive line. One of those defensive tackles, Ego Ferguson of LSU, has already begun to impress the coaching staff.
According to Bob LeGere of the Daily Herald, defensive coordinator Mel Tucker said the following about Ferguson:
He’s got excellent size. He’s athletic. He’s light on his feet. He’s got a strong punch and a good anchor, really good balance and body control. He’s got some juice. He can explode and close in a short area, and he’s shown he’s got some pass-rush ability as well. There’s tremendous upside. I think with good coaching, determination and grit and persistence on his part, I think he can reach his full potential.
Concerns at LSU stemmed from his lack of development, often being washed away by lesser blockers in games and never dominating as much as he seemingly should have as just a one-year starter. However, the Bears have quickly become fans of his game, and he’s been impressive thus far with the organization.
He’ll have time for development behind Jay Ratliff and Stephen Paea as a rookie, so there’s no rush, but the future looks bright for the 6’3”, 315-pound interior defender.