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Chicago also had one pick each in the second and third rounds on Friday (Nos. 51 and 82) along with a fourth-rounder (117) and fifth-rounder (156) along with two sixth-rounders (183 and 191) on Saturday. The Bears do not have a seventh-round pick.

Fuller joins a defense that ranked 30th overall, last against the run and tied Jacksonville with a league-low 31 sacks. The Bears gave up 2,583 yards rushing on 5.3 per carry - both club records - and they still had holes to fill on the line, at linebacker and in the secondary despite a flurry of moves to ensure there’s no replay from last season.

The biggest moves, of course, involved Peppers and Allen with one accomplished pass rusher replacing another.

Peppers, the eight-time Pro Bowl defensive end, signed with Green Bay, hoping to bounce back from a disappointing season.

Allen, a five-time Pro Bowler, had 11½ sacks last season, reaching double digits in sacks for the seventh straight year. And the Bears are hoping he can help rejuvenate their pass rush and stop the run.

The Bears also added defensive ends Lamarr Houston and Willie Young along with safeties Ryan Mundy and M.D. Jennings. They brought back Tillman on a one-year deal, re-signed defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff to a two-year contract and split with safety Major Wright.

Emery said three of the six players he was considering taking in the first round were still on the board when the Bears drafted and that Fuller was their top cornerback. He didn’t say if Donald was one of the six.

Donald’s a great player, a player that we liked,” Emery said. “Happy for St. Louis, happy for him, happy for any player that’s picked that high and gets an opportunity to compete in this great game.”

Emery also said not all the players in that group of six were defensive. He also said he did not look to trade down even though three of the six were still available. He said once the New York Giants grabbed LSU receiver Odell Beckham Jr. with the 12th pick, he knew the Bears would get someone good at No. 14.

The Bears went with Fuller, a player who had 129 solo tackles and 23 ½ stops for loss in four seasons at Virginia Tech. He also comes from a football family, with older brother Vincent a former Hokies star who played in the NFL. His brother Corey spent last season on the Detroit Lions’ practice squad, and another brother, Kendall, plays for Virginia Tech.

“My parents did a real good job of growing us all up,” Kyle Fuller said. “Even starting with my oldest brother. I’ve learned a lot from them. So it’s definitely been a blessing for our whole family.”



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