On more than one occasion general manager Phil Emery has talked about looking to make the Bears a bigger team. But last weekend’s draft took that to whole new levels.
Beyond the obvious in the form of defensive tackle Ego Ferguson (6-foot-3, 315 pounds), Emery drafted a punter in Pat O’Donnell who is taller than any Bears linebacker and half of the defensive linemen. More than that, Emery drafted a punter and a safety who bench-press virtually the equal or more than any of the three offensive and defensive linemen the Bears drafted.
Ferguson benched 225 pounds a total of 24 times at the NFL Scouting Combine. So did fellow incoming defensive tackle Will Sutton. Offensive tackle Charles Leno did 21 reps.
O’Donnell did 23. Even running back Ka’Deem Carey put up the 225 pounds 19 times. Brock Vereen, at 5-foot-11, 199 pounds, did 25 reps, giving new meaning to the phrase “strong safety.”
“He's very strong, he's a really good tackler, so I don't see his size as a deterrent,” Emery said.