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A bit of a surprise pick in the second round, defensive tackle Ego Ferguson is out to prove he was worth being taken that high.
Ferguson has the ability to develop into a run-stopper at the nose tackle position or 2-technique, but he has acknowledged that there is still a lot for him to learn.
"It's like when you're in that first year in high school. You're a little puppy, you're trying to learn," he said after rookie minicamp, via Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune. "First year of college, it's the same thing. So I'm just trying to soak everything in."
After his first day of rookie minicamp practice, defensive coordinator Mel Tucker touched on Ferguson's potential, telling the media:
He's light on his feet. He has a strong punch and a good anchor, really good balance and body control. He has some juice. He can explode and close in a short area. There's tremendous upside. With good coaching, determination and grit and persistence on his part, he can reach his full potential here.
Ferguson has a great opportunity to learn from veterans such as Jeremiah Ratliff and Stephen Paea, and he also has the opportunity to grow and develop alongside third-round pick Will Sutton.
He had limited starting experience while at LSU, only becoming a starter in 2013, but he understands that if he continues to work, good things will happen.
"The sky's the limit for me," he said. "If I keep working the way I've been working and keep staying humble, I can do anything."
If he continues to work and stay humble, the Bears may have found a key piece in the middle of their defense for years to come.