Chicago Bears: Charles Leno Jr.

Three days after concluding the NFL draft, the Chicago Bears on Tuesday are three-fourths of the way to completing deals with the entire eight-man 2014 draft class.

The Bears announced they agreed to terms on four-year deals with second-round pick Ego Ferguson, third-round pick Ka'Deem Carey, sixth-round pick Patrick O'Donnell and seventh-round pick Charles Leno Jr. The announcement came just a day after Chicago agreed to terms with safety Brock Vereen and quarterback David Fales.

Financial terms of the deals weren’t immediately disclosed.

The Bears were the first team in the NFL to come to agreement with any members of the 2014 draft class, and the club typically completes deals with its draft picks at a much faster rate than the rest of the league.

A defensive tackle, Ferguson played in 38 games at LSU, starting his last 12 outings. Ferguson contributed 85 tackles throughout his career, a sack and five breakups. Ferguson was named all-Southeastern Conference honorable mention in 2013, a season in which he finished fifth on the team in tackles.

Carey earned Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year in 2014 as a running back at Arizona. Having started 24 of 36 games over three years for the Arizona Wildcats, Carey rushed for a school-record 4,239 yards and 48 touchdowns, in addition to contributing 679 yards receiving and four touchdowns on 77 catches.

Carey’s 48 rushing TDs rank No. 2 in FBS history behind Montee Ball of Wisconsin, who scored 49 touchdowns from 2009 to '12.

After starting his career at Miami (2009-12), O’Donnell finished at Miami, hitting a total of 234 punts throughout his college career for a 43.5-yard gross average, while landing 86 of his attempts inside the 20.

Leno, an offensive tackle, started 39 games at Boise State during his last three years at the school -- 13 games at right tackle and 26 on the left side. Leno received first-team All-Mountain West Conference honors as a senior.

With six members of the eight-man 2014 draft class signed, the Bears still need to strike deals with first-round pick Kyle Fuller and third-round pick Will Sutton.

The Fuller deal could take a little more time, because even though there is a salary slotting system, the sides will likely wait until some agreements are reached with some of the others players drafted in the first round.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears wrapped up the NFL draft on Saturday by taking Boise State offensive tackle Charles Leno Jr. with their final pick, No. 246 overall.

My take: Although most of the spots -- including reserve roles -- are already set along the offensive line, the Bears could afford to use a pick on a developmental player such as Leno, who has impressive measurables and a thorough body of work in college as a three-year starter at Boise State.

Some scouts consider Leno a potential swing offensive tackle, but what’s encouraging about him is he’s still growing as a player. Despite immense athletic ability, good size, and explosion, Leno still hasn’t yet figured out how to put it all together. Chicago offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer has earned a reputation for developing late-round talent along the offensive line. So pairing the coach with Leno might turn him into a productive player that could eventually earn a role as a starter.

Leno played in 41 games at Boise State, and started in his last 39 outings. Leno started 26 contests at left tackle over his junior and senior seasons. As a sophomore, Leno started at right guard for 13 games. So he possesses the versatility general manager Phil Emery covets.

What’s more is Leno, as a starter, was responsible for 245 knockdown blocks, and 14 blocks that resulted in touchdowns in the running game.

Good company: Prior to Leno becoming the starter at left tackle in college, the last three starters at that position for Boise State were Daryn Colledge (2002-05), Ryan Clady (2006-07) and Nate Potter (2008-11). Colledge is a ninth-year veteran. Clady is a seventh-year veteran and three-time Pro Bowler. Potter, meanwhile, has started six games in three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals.

What’s next: The Bears will now start working the phones to put together their class of undrafted free agents. Once the personnel department completes that task, the rookies will convene at Halas Hall next week for a three-day minicamp.

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