Coming out of LSU after his junior season and his only one as a starter, defensive tackle Ego Ferguson was termed “a reach for the Bears” by ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper. Simply put, the experts weren’t sure a player with 12 starts and exactly one college sack was worth a second-round pick.
Ferguson will have his answer for doubters before long.
“It’s all motivation,” Ferguson said Friday after his selection. “Tell them to watch out for me.”
That admonition might also apply for incumbent Bears nose tackle Stephen Paea, as the Bears have talked with Ferguson about a role similar to that of Paea.
Ferguson has been timed at 4.98 sec. in the 40, fast for a 315-pounder. He may not run 40 yards all that often, but Kiper probably should watch out for Ferguson if he’s coming downhill.
One source confirmed for CSNChicago.com that the defense will retain a “shade” scheme but Ferguson’s conversations with the Bears point to a subtle but significant part of the “flexibility” sought by coordinator Mel Tucker.
At 315 pounds Ferguson has been principally a run stuffer for LSU. But “I feel like a lot of people don’t really know how athletic I am, how I can move around,” he said.