Those Bears fans who question the method to Phil Emery's drafting madness might say "Ego" is the perfect first name for the general manager's second-round pick Friday night. As in his ego gets in the way of logic.
That all depends on who's doing the evaluating, and the couch GMs who follow along know some of the higher-profile names that were still on the board at defensive tackle and elsewhere, before Ego Ferguson's name was announced at No. 51 to the Bears. The LSU behemoth hasn't come close to tapping his potential after being a blue-chip recruit coming out of high school.
Emery sees how high the 6-foot-3, 315-pound defensive tackle can potentially go under the tutelage of new position coach Paul Pasqualoni. The athleticism and size are there. Also, are disappearing acts according to those who've watched Ferguson regularly. The flip side of that argument is he did what the Tigers coaching staff wanted him to do: absorb double-teams so other defenders could make plays.
Scouting reports generally say he plays too high. The stat line that includes just one career sack and one season of starting sticks out like a sore thumb, despite filling out well physically over three years in Baton Rouge.
All the "better" defensive tackles on the board when the Bears chose Ferguson weren't scooped up immediately thereafter. But the critics will still argue they would have taken Troy Niklas or Stanley Jean-Baptiste (if Emery had picked a safety on Day 1) and been happier with the two-round total. Emery added several veterans along the defensive line in free agency. Ferguson will turn into The Pasqualoni Project.