Round 2 Pick 51 The Chicago Bears Select DT Ego Ferguson

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  1. The Benjamin

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    • Ego Ferguson, 6-3/315

    • Defensive Tackle

    • LSU

    Ego Ferguson Scouting Report
    By Charlie Campbell

    Strengths:
    • Disruptor
    • Explosive
    • Very fast
    • Flashes pass-rush potential
    • Very athletic for a big 4-3 tackle
    • Quick get-off
    • Ability to bull rush guards
    • Strong
    • Tough at the point of attack
    • Holds his ground in the ground game
    • Closing speed
    • Ideal size for a 4-3 tackle
    • Loaded with upside




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    Weaknesses:
    • Only one year as a starter
    • Inconsistent
    • Needs to refine pass-rushing moves
    • Gets in trouble when he plays high
    • Not a great fit in a 3-4


    Summary: LSU has been a factory for NFL defensive talent, and Ferguson is their top lineman for the 2014 NFL Draft. Ferguson is a fast disruptor who is also strong at the point of attack. Like many Tiger draft prospects, Ferguson has a rare combination of size, power and speed.

    It took a while for Ferguson to get on the field for LSU. In his first two seasons, he had other tackles ahead of him like Michael Brockers, Bennie Logan and Anthony Johnson. Ferguson was a backup in 2012 and totaled 14 tackles. He was a reserve as redshirt freshman as well in 2011, notching 13 tackles.

    Ferguson won a starting spot next to Johnson in 2013 with Logan and Brockers in the NFL. Everybody expected Johnson to have a breakout season and be a dominant force for the LSU defense, but it was Ferguson who made the biggest impact up front. The redshirt junior started out hot, but cooled off some down the stretch. He recorded 58 tackles with 3.5 tackles for a loss and a sack. He was impressive against Alabama. Ferguson decided to enter the 2014 NFL Draft, but would have had a shot at the first round in 2015 by returning to school and getting better.

    Ferguson uses his great get-off and explosion to cause disruption off the snap. He is strong for his size and holds his ground in run defense. Ferguson has good speed to close and does a nice job of pushing the pocket.

    Ferguson is a nice mold of clay for the NFL. He has a skill set, but needs developing. Ferguson needs to build up a repertoire of pass-rushing moves. He needs to avoid playing too high and maintaing good pad level. With his size, strength and speed, Ferguson could end up being a steal in the 2014 NFL Draft if he lands with good coaching.

    His best fit would come in a 4-3 defense as a three technique defensive tackle, but he could also play nose tackle. In a 3-4 defense, Ferguson could play end, but that isn't as good of a match for what he does well. Sources have told WalterFootball.com that Ferguson has been graded as high as the second round.
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    I had him mocked multiple times to the Bears, makes perfect since. Didn't think Nix or one of the first round graded guys would be there though. But still a solid pick
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    I'm a fan. Stout at NT and gets off the snap really well with moves at UT. He's one of those guys who should be a much better pro than college player.
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    I think this also points to the fact the team wouldn't have gone for a guy like Donald who is the "ideal 3 tech" and were more interested in a larger DT
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    That is coachable, like buying a house ,don't worry about the carpet or paint on the walls.
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    Got his theme music sorted
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    Nice pickup by the Bears, good job solidifying that front four with depth and youth.
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    Ya, Houston and Young late 20's, and now got Ego who's low 20's. That's solid.
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    A bit of a surprise but a versatile, power DT with tons of upside. Time for our new DL coach to earn his pay.
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    I'm not surprised by this one. This guy is in the mold of Hagemen/Tuitt, big, heavy and a ton of raw talent w/versatility.
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    Is "inconsistent" basically code for "possibly lacks heart/dedication?" Just curious, because usually that is a red flag. What is the 411 on this kid's character? Does anyone know? Is he the type of kid who our coaches are going to have to kick in the ass to motivate, or is he more of a self-starter?! Anyone know? What did Mel Kiper think of the pick? Did he like it or did he think we should have gone in a different direction on the 2nd round? I am at work, so I couldn't watch our selection on tv. Thanks!
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    Emery stickin with DEFENSE ... top 2 issues have been addressed in the first two rounds.

    Read that article about amount of playing time Safetys are on the field.
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    That's what I was thinking. I hope we have the coaching in place to get the most out of these guys. You can pick a guy oozing with potential but if you don't have the coaches in place to get that potential out of him he just turns into a pool jumper. I'm excited about the first two picks, is it the third round yet??
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    He is going to probably play NT and he can handle double teams like a champ, and is a stud run stuffer. He's got a TON of potential, very raw and I believe his old coach is now on the Bears staff, it makes a ton of since


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    Saints secondary is going to be sick this year.
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    670 former scouting guy said he doesn't get a lot of sacks, but a ton of pressures and hurries and good run stopper, and had a low 2nd round grade on him. He's got some learnin' to do though, pretty raw
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    I don't dislike it per se...just seemed early.
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