The Bears had thought that they had found their future anchors on the defensive line when they took Ego Ferguson (82nd overall), out of LSU and Will Sutton (51st overall), out of Arizona State. The picks were highly touted as being the answer to the Bears issues on the defensive line. It appeared as if Chicago would be strong up the middle once again and would easily be able to stop the run. And it was thought these guys could get to the passer quickly and efficiently as well.
But injuries hit them over the course of their time with the Bears and have effectively taken them off the field for extended periods of time. For Sutton, he has quietly played in quite a few games for the Bears, 36 games with 18 starts, but then you have the injuries. He has suffered from ankle and biceps issues during his time in Chicago.
Some have felt that Sutton would not be a good fit in Vic Fangio’s defense (remember Sutton came to Chicago before Fangio and was drafted to play in a 4-3). Is he out-of-place in the 3-4 defense?
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While there have been struggles, there have also been times he filled in well.
Ferguson participated in all 16 games during his rookie season and then just four (with one start) the year after. At the end of the 2015 season, Ferguson was suspended for four games because he used illegal performance-enhancing drugs. For the 2016 season, he was hurt before the season started and landed on season-ending injured reserve.
He has another year to prove himself. If he can stay healthy then he might be able to stay with the team. If not, then he won’t make it past his rookie deal.
Consider Sutton and Ferguson both a disappointment, for now, but they have one more season to prove themselves. Can they make it past their rookie contracts? Will they even make the team in 2017?