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The Weekend Bears Den: May 10, 2014 - Chicago Bears NFL Draft news & notes

After the addition of two DTs yesterday, it's a fair bet we won't see Landon Cohen get to work on his facemasking technique with Brian de la Puente in Bears training camp.

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Bears draft pair of DTs - Larry Mayer: The Bears spent back-to-back draft picks on DTs Friday night, selecting LSU's Ego Ferguson in the second round and Arizona State's Will Sutton in the third.

Bears building with big blocks in NFL draft - Brad Biggs: Phil Emery has conceded that when given a choice, bigger is better on defense. He also has talked about building from the trenches back. He did both Friday night.

Larry Mayer's Chalk Talk - Larry Mayer discusses why the Bears drafted a corner and not a safety in the first round, the last time they chose a CB so high in the draft, and if they considered picking Johnny Manziel.

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2014 NFL draft, rounds 2 & 3: Bears double up on defensive tackles

Bears pick Ego Ferguson in 2nd - Michael C. Wright: Going into the draft, Chicago's roster featured just three DTs and they needed to add an inside presence.

Bears draft DT Ego Ferguson 51st overall - Adam Hoge: Ferguson is raw, but the big run stuffer should give a boost to the middle of the defense. Bob LeGereHas a lot of upside, but desire to fulfill potential is unknown.

Bears' second-round pick has room to grow - Matt Bowen: Ego Ferguson projects as solid inside run defender who can fill gaps with size and shed blocks with length to work laterally to the ball.

Ferguson adds depth, but help immediately - Arthur Arkush: Emery said D-linemen are the most impactful part of a great defense; now he’ll hope Ferguson becomes a long-term fixture, but one who starts impacting games immediately.

Ferguson connects with veteran DL coach - Jeff Dickerson: Second-round picks are expected to contribute in Year 1, but Ferguson has the luxury of working on his technique with veteran D-line coach Paul Pasqualoni until he's ready to be thrust into a starting role.

[Video] - Highlights of Bears' second round draft choice Ego Ferguson.

[Video] - Bears scout Breck Ackley stops by to chat about the Bears' second round draft pick, DT Ego Ferguson.

Ferguson turning pro to help mom - Larry Mayer: Bears second-round draft pick Ego Ferguson opted to skip his senior season and enter the NFL to help support his mother, Brenda, who is unable to work after injuring her back.

Bears pick DT Will Sutton in 3rd round - Jeff Dickerson: The Bears poured a massive amount of resources into repairing the interior of the D-line, adding a two-time Pac-12 DPOTY. Chis BodenJoining team he rooted for from afar.

Sutton highly decorated in college - Michael C. Wright: While critics lambasted the Ferguson pick in the second round because of his relatively limited body of work at LSU, Sutton comes to Chicago with a long resume of solid production.

Bears pick DT Will Sutton 82nd overall - Adam Hoge: Emery said Sutton has the ability to line up both as a nose and a three-technique, but projects best as a pass-rushing three and that’s where he feels most comfortable playing.

Bears select Arizona State DT Will Sutton - Kevin Fishbain: The Bears had the fewest sacks in the NFL last season, and Sutton is a proven pass rusher.

[Video] - Highlights of the Bears' third round draft choice, Will Sutton.

[Video] ESPN - NFL Draft highlight reel for Will Sutton.

[Video] - Bears scout Saint-Paul stops by to chat about the Bears' third round draft pick, Will Sutton.

Bears 3rd-round pick could prove a steal - Matt Bowen: If Will Sutton can keep weight down he can be explosive player with quickness off ball that allows him to be disruptive as in his junior year, collapsing the pocket and living in the backfield.

Defensive overhaul continues in NFL draft - Rich Campbell: After taking corner on Day 1, they strengthened their interior with 2nd-day picks Ego Ferguson and Will Sutton.

Bears’ first three picks address one core problem: run 'D' - Moon Mullin: Bears determined to address run D with both the individuals taken and also with a collective mindset of retaking control of the line of scrimmage.

[Video] Bears draft two DTs on Day 2 - Moon Mullin and Chris Boden discuss.

Bears address run defense - Adam Hoge: After allowing a franchise record 2,583 rushing yards in 2013, stopping the run remains the Bears’ top priority and while the safeties play a role in that, it all starts up front.

Bears bio boxes: Ego Ferguson, Will Sutton - The Tribune's snapshot look at the Bears' DT draft picks. Bears' picks and their impacts ... [Photos].

Photos from - Ego Ferguson and Will Sutton.

First-round pick Kyle Fuller

Fuller feels he fits Bears D - Larry Mayer: Versatile and tough first-round draft pick Kyle Fuller feels that he possesses the right attributes to play on a physical Bears defense. Kiper correctly predicted Bears pick.

Bears failed to address safety need – or did they? - Moon Mullin: Certain positions are more critical than others, and the Bears believe they secured the best player available at a premium position that, like a safety, will cover TEs, too.

New Bear Fuller comes with strong foundations - Bob LeGere: Kyle Fuller credits the competitiveness of his family with the toughness that impressed Phil Emery.

Bears Q&A: Virginia Tech secondary coach on Kyle Fuller - Brad Biggs: Virginia Tech secondary coach discusses Fuller’s versatility, intelligence, toughness and other traits that prompted the Bears to rate him as the best CB in this year’s draft class.

Fuller's tough image a perfect fit for Bears - Dan Wiederer: Physical style along with versatile coverage ability should be big help to rebuilding Bears defense.

[Video] What does Fuller bring to Chicago? - Adam L. Jahns's thoughts.  [Is Adam putting on weight, or has his head always looked so Minecraft? - Den]

Fuller: My athleticism makes Safety a possibility - In an interview with the Mully and Hanley Show on Friday morning, new Bears CB Kyle Fuller said he’s capable of playing safety if that’s what’s needed.  With [Audio].

Fuller will play key role this season for Bears - Matt Bowen: With Fuller’s 4.4 speed, playmaking skill set and the talent to slide inside the numbers at the nickel position, he can be an impact player in the Bears sub-package during his rookie season.

Let Fuller be himself - Dan Bernstein: Rather than shoehorn this kid into a shadow by already asking him to be the next Tillman, let’s just expect him to be the first Kyle Fuller.

[Video] - Adam Hoge's highlight clips of Kyle Fuller making ridiculous plays.

[Video] - Bears first round draft choice Kyle Fuller addresses the media for the first time from Halas Hall.

[Video] - Kyle Fuller stops by Chicago Bears Network Studios to chat with senior writer Larry Mayer.

Photos from - A look inside the Bears Draft room .... Bears draft Kyle Fuller ... Fuller's first day at Halas Hall.


Day Three Bears draft targets - Arthur Arkush: Will Phil Emery on Saturday opt to add some depth on the other side of the ball, or continue the defense’s transformation?

Emery rules out Tillman move to safety - Jeff Dickerson: Phil Emery confirmed Friday that Tillman is not a candidate to switch positions. Adam HogeAllows Fuller to match up against specific offensive weapons as third CB.

Sun-Times Bears section here.

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Draft preview - Chris Burke picks out the best players available on day 3 of the draft.

Know thy enemies - Brad Biggs with a look at the second- and third-round picks in the NFC North.

Know thy enemy: Lions - Michael Rothstein: Lions pick pass-rushing LB Kyle Van Noy in 2nd, reuniting him with Ansah ... take C Travis Swanson in 3rd ... Curious decision not to add help to needy secondary.

Know thy enemy: Packers - Rob Demovsky: Packers pick Davante Adams in 2nd round to bolster passing corps ... add apparent reaches at DT and TE in 3rd.

Know thy enemy: Vikings - Ben Goessling: Vikings add to DE rotation with Scott Crichton in 3rd ... also select change-of-pace RB Jerick McKinnon in 3rd.


A Hollywood director wants to make a movie about classical composers so, naturally, he casts Sly Stallone, Jean-Claude van Damme and Auh-nold Schwarzenburger for his action flick and arranges a meeting to find out whom they would like to play.

"I've always liked Beethoven, I'd like to play him," replies Sly.  "Fine, you can be Beethoven," agrees the director.  JCvD is next: "Well, I've always admired the work of Frédéric Chopin."  "OK, you can be Chopin," nods the director.  Finally, he turns to Arnie, who leans forward in his seat and says:

"I'll be Bach."