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NFL: Double help up front

Bears add pair of defensive tackles in Ferguson, Sutton

Published: Saturday, May 10, 2014 1:00 a.m. CDT
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LSU defensive tackle Ego Ferguson (right) was the selected by the Bears in the second round of Friday's NFL draft. The Bears later added defensive tackle Will Sutton from Arizona State in the third round.

LAKE FOREST – With their second-round pick, the Bears added LSU defensive tackle Ego Ferguson 51st overall in the 2014 NFL Draft. They decided to double dip at the position a round later, by taking Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton.

A 6-3, 315-pounder, Ferguson had 32½” arms and 10¾” hands. He had only one sack in college and did not work out at the combine because of a right-ankle injury. He did run a 4.98 40-yard dash in 2013 fall camp.

On a conference call, Ferguson said that he met with Bears defensive line coach Paul Pasqualoni during a pre-draft visit, and that Pasqualoni talked with him about playing two-technique, which would line him up right over the opposing guard.

"He has a great personality and he brought me to the office, and we basically were justtalking ball for the longest time," Ferguson said about Pasqualoni, adding that the Bears' new assistant had a lot of interest in him.

Ferguson said he can "definitely get after the quarterback" from his interior defensive line position.

"One thing I always bring is my heart and my competitive nature," he said.

Overall, Ferguson played in 38 games at LSU and had 85 tackles, one sack, five tackles for loss, three quarterback pressures and five pass deflections. He started his last 12 games in college at right defensive end. Ferguson violated team rules and did not play in the Outback Bowl, saying it was a coach's decision.

Ferguson left LSU early, calling it a family decision so that he could help his mother, Brenda, who is recovering from an injury suffered when she broke up a fight at her job at a detention center.

"I just wanted to take care of my Mama," Ferguson said.

Some had Ferguson pegged as a mid-to-later round prospect, and Ferguson was asked his response to those saying he may have been a "reach" for the Bears at 51.

"That's all motivation, just tell them to watch out for me. That's all I can say," he said.Sutton figured he would not be joining the Bears and was surprsied to get the call."I bet they think that us two could make a good tandem together, either he plays nose and I play three-tech or vice versa," Sutton said on a conference call Friday night.

"Wherever they want us to play, I feel like us two can come in and really do some damage."

Unlike Ferguson, Sutton sees himself as more of a three-technique, something the Bears need after losing Henry Melton in free agency.

"I think that's where I can excel at. I'm not really the big physical type of D-lineman like people want to play that nose position. I am a physical guy, but my strength is at getting that one-on-one pass rush and penetrating on the run," he said.

Weight has been a common question for Sutton, and he said that he is currently at 290 pounds, and he could lose another 5-10 pounds, if the Bears prefer. Emery said they want him in the 285-295-pound range, and the Bears' general manager was pleased to see Sutton has gotten back down, after he added weight prior to senior year.

“[The Bears] are getting a player who has a constant motor," Sutton said. "He’s going to come to work every day. He knows the game of football. He’s going to get in the film room and is just going to do what he is told to do.”Sutton was 6-0, 303 pounds at the combine with a 5.36 40-yard dash and the only 31¼” arms. Sutton did have a pre-draft visit with the Bears at Halas Hall.In his career, Sutton was durable, starting 40 of 51 games at Arizona State. He was academically ineligible for the 2010 season.

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