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 NFL.com, 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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  • Erik Lambert

    If that’s true then I believe they’re going after a safety in the first round.

    • LaughHammer

      Safeties are a dime a dozen in the draft, and they’re the best player available on the board in the 1st or 2nd round. I think Ronnie Lott was the very last best player available at safety in the 1st round.

      • Erik Lambert

        Bears haven’t drafted a first round safety since Mike Carrier and he was a Pro Bowler. The run of 3rd rounders has to end. This would be a great draft to do it.

        • FJ doreza

          Never…never..Pryor is NOT even the best safety for the Bears, he is more hype then talent..big hits…that’s it..more penalties, not very good at coverage. If Donald is in there harassing the QB then who benefits? The secondary..adding a disruptive force to to this line would make any secondary look great because double teams would create serous problems and more turnovers for the Bears front and…..the secondary…this is why the Bears rarely draft a S in the first round..I also thing Pryor will be gone anyway..

          • Erik Lambert

            I see your point but I highly doubt Pryor will be gone before 14th. Clinton-Dix maybe, but not Pryor.

  • John Vassar

    Funny, I just read a scouting report on him and Ego Ferguson. Erik, I think CB first, S in second and DT in third (Quarles and Ferguson should be there).

    • Erik Lambert

      Quarles won’t be. His length and disruption are impossible to ignore beyond the 2nd. Ferguson will be but he’s a wild card. I believe they go safety first (Pryor), Quarles in the 2nd and a corner in the 3rd.

      • John Vassar

        I could live with that draft idea of S, DT, CB … it is interesting that the Bears met with Quarles recently and talked to two CB’s that are not on the radar.

        • Erik Lambert

          It’s a sound strategy. Pryor should be there at #14. Quarles is like Donald, an interior pass rusher only he has the length Emery looks for. Then take into account how he lauded the depth of the corner class and this is the strategy that makes the most sense.

  • FJ doreza

    I actually like Quarles but there is always something popping up that sets him back, I could care less if he plays like he s capable, and that might make him a later round pick..At one..NO..IF Donald is gone then maybe in the 3rd..but in the 1st I would take Shazier if Donald was gone since we also need LB depth and have open competition for a starting position. Ryan is most like there at 14 and being the incredible athlete that he is, like Donald, he would be a great pick for the Bears who need a LB as much as they need a S. The question is, do the Bears trade down if Donald is gone? I guess I would..and in that case Kyle Van Noy would be an option, along with Kareem Martin, Ra shede Hageman or Marcus Smith. IF Dominique Easley is healthy enough I would take him in the 3rd or later since I have no idea where he will go based on his injury and popularity. If trading down lands an extra early pick I would take Zach Mettenberger in a second, and then take Ed Reynolds whose defensive talents suits the Bears zone coverage better than Pryor and is more versatile and a better athlete.Options include Jonathan Dowling 6-3 195 or Telvin Smith as a Safety, but I also love this guy Dexter Moody 6-2 215 and Tre Boston. Now is Kelcey stays clean take him, otherwise Da quan Jones or Justin Ellis may be better options. Even Hageman in the late 2nd or 3rd could be worth the risk..unless someone else loves him.