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Every general manager's wish is that all of his draft picks can make some sort of contribution to their team during their rookie season.
Phil Emery has had his fair share of hits and misses in the NFL draft during his first two seasons with the team, but his 2014 rookie class appears to be heading in the right direction.
The team shocked a few when they took Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller with the 14th overall selection in the past May's draft. While it does not appear that he will be taking over a starting role just yet, he is expected to see plenty of playing time this season.
During the team's first full-team minicamp, Fuller saw time at the left cornerback spot when the team went into their nickel package, prompting starter Tim Jennings to move inside to defend the slot.
While he will not be listed as a starter, Fuller is expected to get plenty of playing time with so many offenses around the league going to more three- and-four wide receiver sets.
Much of the hype this offseason in regards to rookies has been centered on Fuller but the two guys picked in the second and third rounds, Ego Ferguson and Will Sutton, both have an opportunity to be major contributors this season.
Ferguson is expected to compete for playing time at the nose tackle and 2-technique position while Sutton is expected to push for playing time at the 3-technique.
Ferguson has the ability to line up at nose tackle and create pressure, but will need to work on his leverage and ability to create space for the linebackers behind him to make the tackle in the running game.
Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker has been impressed by Ferguson so far this offseason, telling Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune:
[Ferguson] is 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.
The Bears hope he can reach that full potential and he has an opportunity to push Stephen Paea for the starting nose tackle job.
Much like Ferguson, Sutton has shown flashes in the past but will have to prove his worth to the team this offseason.
In 2012 at Arizona State, Sutton registered 63 tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, five pass deflections and three forced fumbles, but his weight jumped from 290 pounds to over 300 pounds in 2013. He was still productive in 2013, registering 48 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, four sacks and three pass deflections, but he clearly did not have the same type of impact as he did when he played around 290 pounds.
Emery made it clear this offseason that he wants Sutton to play between 285-295 pounds this season.
Sutton addressed his weight "issues" with the media last week, saying, via Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com, "My weight isn't a problem. I put on the weight [last year] because I was told to. It's not a problem. It's not that I'm lazy and don't work out."
If he plays like he did in 2012, the Bears may have found a real steal in Sutton. He likely won't grab a starting spot in training camp or the preseason, but he should be a key part of the team's defensive tackle rotation.
Fourth rounders Ka'Deem Carey and Brock Vereen both have opportunities to contribute in 2014 with Vereen having a real shot to become a starter at free safety.
He worked with the first team in minicamp and OTAs and despite being thrust into an unfamiliar situation, Vereen has settled into the role well.
"Sometimes when you go in there with the ones, it gets a little big," defensive backs coach Jon Hoke said of Vereen to Matt Bowen of the Chicago Tribune. "He has handled it well. He's a very disciplined, very serious player, very intense on the field."
Vereen's toughest competition may come from Chris Conte if he can return from offseason shoulder surgery, but as it stands, he appears to be the front runner for the free safety position heading into training camp.
Carey, sixth-round punter Pat O'Donnell and undrafted free agent Christian Jones all have the ability to be contributors in their rookie season.
Carey is expected to be the team's primary backup to Matt Forte, O'Donnell is expected to beat out Tress Way for the team's punter position and Jones has all of the tools to make this team as a special teams contributor.
Despite seeing guys like Alshon Jeffery and Kyle Long flourish, Emery's draft classes have struggled, but the 2014 class appears to be on the right track heading into training camp.