November 10, 2012; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles (99) and South Carolina Gamecocks linebacker Shaq Wilson (54) celebrate a play against the Arkansas Razorbacks in the second half at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft rumors: Chicago Bears targeting South Carolina DT Kelcy Quarles

It’s no secret that the Chicago Bears are looking to beef up that vaunted defensive line a bit, and they could look to fill that need by way of the 2014 NFL Draft coming up in May. They’re in the market for a big, run-stopping defensive tackle that can also get to the quarterback a bit, and according to, South Carolina’s Kelcy Quarles claims the team was rather impressed with what he can bring to the table.

“I sat down with Chicago for a good time because the coach really liked the way I handled myself and I talked football with him, and about my life,” Quarles said. “He liked the way I played on the field, and they talked to me a lot.”

It was Quarles last season, not Jadeveon Clowney, that was the star of the Gamecocks’ defensive line, leading the team with 9.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss. So, getting into that backfield doesn’t seem to be an issue for him.

The Bears have also been said to have interest in Florida State’s Timmy Jernigan, but a lot can change between now and May.

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