Bears pick Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton in third round

Written By BY PATRICK FINLEY Staff Reporter Posted: 05/09/2014, 11:00pm

When the Bears selected LSU defensive tackle Ego Ferguson in the second round of the draft Friday, Arizona State’s Will Sutton figured his future with the team was nonexistent.

‘‘I was like, ‘Man, looks like I’m not gonna be a Bear,’ ’’ Sutton, a two-time All-American, said after the Bears picked him in the third round (82nd overall). ‘‘They went in and got me in the third round. I guess they think that the two of us can make a good tandem together.’’

The 6-foot, 290-pound three-technique tackle called the Bears one of his favorite teams. His paternal cousins, who are from the Chicago area, used to bring him Bears gear as a kid.

‘‘They’re getting a player that’s going to have a constant motor, is going to come to work every day,’’ said Sutton, a two-time Pac-12 defensive player of the year, who visited Halas Hall in April.

Sutton said he weighs 290 pounds after playing his senior season at 320. As a 285-pound junior, Sutton had 13 sacks and 23½ tackles for loss.

General manager Phil Emery said Sutton’s weight gain as a senior affected his play. Losing it was important, Emery said, ‘‘because it says that he’s dedicated toward improving himself and that, when he sets his mind to something, he can accomplish it.’’

Sutton said he was hoping to be picked in the second round, but he didn’t dwell on it.

‘‘I’m blessed to hear my name called,’’ he said. ‘‘The waiting period is over, and I can’t wait to get out to Chicago.’’

This and that

The Bears might look at drafting a running back Saturday. Only six were selected through three rounds, which Emery called a ‘‘curious thing.’’

The team has shown interest in Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey, who ran for 3,814 yards and 42 touchdowns in his last two seasons.

† The New England Patriots might have found quarterback Tom Brady’s eventual replacement when they drafted Rolling Meadows alum Jimmy Garoppolo with the 62nd pick. Garoppolo threw for 5,050 yards last season at Eastern Illinois.

† Johnsburg graduate C.J. Fiedorowicz was chosen by the Houston Texans with the 65th pick. He had 30 receptions for 299 yards last season at Iowa.

† The San Diego Chargers took Notre Dame guard Chris Watt (Glenbard West) and the Denver Broncos selected Michigan tackle Michael Schofield (Sandburg) in the third round.


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