The 2014 NFL Draft is in the books, and as draft grades continue to roll in, it appears the Bears made the most of their seven picks. You can only watch so much game tape and read so many scouting reports, so what better way to really get to know the newest Bears than by following them on social media?
Round 1, #14: Virginia Tech CB Kyle Fuller
- Twitter: @kbfuller17
I don't want to seem like I'm complaining but why is gas getting so cheap— Kyle Fuller (@kbfuller17) June 28, 2012
Don't worry, Kyle. That's a question you'll never ask again once you make the move to Chicago.
- Instagram: kbfuller17
If Fuller does his best "Prime Time" impression when he takes the field in a Bears uniform, he'll endear himself to fans in no time.
Round 2, #51: LSU DT Ego Ferguson
Ferguson hasn't tweeted in over a year, which is interesting because his head coach at LSU, Les Miles, was actually quite fond of players participating in social media.
- Twitter: @Ego_Gets_Dollas
I told y'all them bulls would beat them heat I told y'all boyz that— Ego Ferguson (@Ego_Gets_Dollas) March 28, 2013
Ferguson is, of course, talking about when Nate Robinson and company put an end to the Miami Heat's 27-game win streak last season. It looks like he'll fit in quite nicely here.
- Instagram: ego_gets_dollas
Is it wrong to hope that punching bag is a representation of opposing quarterbacks next year?
Round 3, #82: Arizona State DT Will Sutton
Sutton's social profiles are currently private, but one would assume that would change now that he's about to make the move to the National Football League, not to mention to a team with a fanbase as rabid as the Bears'. So while we can't peek into "Sweet Tea Willie's" mind through tweets, here's the official Arizona State Football twitter handle taking a swipe at Arizona alum Lance Briggs after the Bears took the defensive tackle in the third round:
Ouch. Arizona State hammered Arizona 58-21 when the teams last met on November 30, 2013.
Round 4, #117: Arizona RB Ka'Deem Carey
- Twitter: @Kcarey25
You already know! Happy to be part of the fam! RT @LanceBriggs: What a draft! Chicago welcome fellow Wildcat and Bear, Ka'Deem Carey!— Ka'Deem Carey (@Kcarey25) May 10, 2014
Arizona State might have gotten the last laugh on the college gridiron last season, but Briggs and Carey will certainly have some fun with Sutton when camp starts in July.
- Instagram: carey25
Round 4, #131: Minnesota S Brock Vereen
Overheard two people legitimately talking about cheese for over an hour. It wasn't just food to them. It was a hobby. A lifestyle.— Brock Vereen (@brockvereen21) April 26, 2014
Just a guess, but this isn't likely to be Vereen's last run in with "cheeseheads." Vereen doesn't have an Instagram account, his brother, New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen, shared this photo on his own account of the moment after Brock found out he would be joining the Bears:
Round 6, #183: San Jose State QB David Fales
- Twitter: @dfales10
Fales has tweeted just 88 times since creating his account, with the vast majority of tweets being RTs. So here's a tweet by former NFL head coach and current NFL Network analyst Steve Mrriucci from a pre-draft workout with Kurt Warner, Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater, and Clemson's Tajh Boyd:
- Instagram: fales10
In addition to training under the tutelage of Warner and Mariucci, Fales worked out extensively with Bears backup QB Jordan Palmer (left) prior to the draft.
Round 6, #191: Miami P Pat O'Donnell
O'Donnell has been too busy blowing people away with his athletic prowess--he tallied more bench reps than Jadaveon Clowney at the Scouting Combine--to create a Twitter account, but he does have an Instagram handle: patod16. Like Will Sutton, the account is private, but with all the makings of a cult hero, it wouldn't be surprising to see O'Donnell embrace his time in the spotlight and open things up to the fans.
Round 7, #246: Boise State OT Charles Leno, Jr.
Like O'Donnell, Leno, Jr. has yet to embrace the world of Twitter. However, his alma mater was sure to show him some love:
Congratulations to Charles Leno, Jr., the newest member of the Chicago Bears! RETWEET to send him your congrats! pic.twitter.com/Rz74kfSDkX— BroncoSports (@BroncoSports) May 10, 2014
Leno, Jr. does indeed have an open Instagram handle: lennylen78
So there you have it, your 2014 Bears draft class social media primer. It's far too soon to tell how they'll pan out on the field, but if they want to live up to last year's top pick when it comes to their social media game, they've got their work cut out for them:
Getting on an elevator after someone who smells good is a pretty great experience— Kyle Long (@Ky1eLong) May 8, 2014