How did the Chicago Bears fare in the 2014 NFL Draft?
To spark up the offseason we are going to go back in time and regrade the Bears drafts of the past decade. Some will be a lot easier to grade than others but it will be a good exercise to look at recent history and compare it to what the team has and has not learned over its hits and misses. This edition, we will focus on the 2014 NFL draft.
1. Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
The 2017 season is a make or break year for Kyle Fuller. Fuller had a fantastic rookie season that had many praising the Bears for their selection of him in the top 15. However, the year after was a bit of a sophomore slump. Then, in his third season, he got hurt and was placed on the IR before playing a single game. The team has a new coaching staff and defensive scheme since Fuller has last played. In a contract season, it will be tough for him to learn the scheme and prove to be back in game shape all in the year. However, if he does not do it, he becomes just another miss for this Bears franchise that can never seem to get drafting down.
2. Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU
The change in defensive scheme did Ego Ferguson now favors. However, he did not really do any favors for himself and proved to be a complete bust. Ferguson was active for all 16 games of his rookie season. However, the following year a knee surgery ended his season after just four games. It may have been in a rush to get back on the field, but the following season Ferguson was suspended for four games for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancement drugs. That led to the Bears waiving Ferguson. However, the knees of Ferguson were never able to hold up and he has yet to play a game since 2015. He has recently signed with the Detroit Lions, but will be fighting for a bottom roster spot.