It was obvious to any fan of the Chicago Bears that they needed to get better defensively after one of the worst seasons ever on that side of the ball in 2013. Chicago took Kyle Fuller in the first round and defensive tackle Ego Ferguson in the second round. The Bears then made two picks that may prove to be some of the best value picks in the entire draft with Will Sutton in the third round and Ka’Deem Carey in the fourth round.
Sutton is a defensive tackle from Arizona State who started all 14 games for the Sun Devils in 2013 who plays the three-technique that the Bears love to use. His primary job is going to be stopping the run which the Bears were terrible at last season. The team needed to get younger at that position as well which is why Ferguson and Sutton were taken. Sutton is the one that fans need to be watching though. He may be short at just six-foot but if he can keep his weight under control, he is a player who could turn into the next Tommie Harris for the Bears.
Carey is going to give the Bears some needed running back help and comes in as one of the best rushers in all of college football from the last two seasons with 3,814 rushing yards over that time. The Bears are going to need to give Matt Forte a break here and there and Carey could be the answer the team has been searching for instead of retreads like Michael Bush or Chester Taylor. It is always possible as well that Chicago decides to lessen Forte’s workload and give Carey 8-10 carries a game. It would keep Forte fresh and especially with an offense that is expected to score tons of points, Carey could turn into a key cog of the Bears offensive machine.
It is surprising that Sutton and Carey were still available where they were in the draft. Chicago may have just made themselves a serious contender in the NFC North and beyond in 2014. As long as players like Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall stay healthy on offense and the secondary don’t go downhill too quickly, the selections of Sutton and Carey could be a goldmine for the Bears moving forward.