The 2013 NFL Draft is approaching. For NFL teams and prospective NFL players, these final weeks leading to the draft present an opportunity for each side to get a feel for one another. As the Chicago Bears enter the 2013 NFL Draft, the team can be flexible with their first round selection. The Bears own the 20th selection in the first round and the team has to yet to show their hand as to where they are leaning towards.
Entering the off-season, the Bears’ top needs were improving the offensive line, adding depth to the linebacker position, and finding a tight end that can be an offensive threat. The Bears have appeared to fill, or at least begin to fill, all three of those areas through free agency. On the first day of free agency, the team signed offensive lineman Jermon Bushrod and tight end Martellus Bennett. In recent weeks, the Bears have signed free agent linebackers D.J. Williams and James Anderson.
There has been speculation as to what the Bears will do with their first round selection, the idea that the Bears may trade their first round selection has also been entertained by the team’s front office. However, there is one clear option for the Bears and their first round selection. That option would be to draft the best available linebacker. Despite the additions of Williams and Anderson, the Bears still have a clear need at the linebacker position. Neither Williams nor Anderson are a long-term solution for the Bears. Both linebackers were signed to one year deals and the Bears will eventually need find a young linebacker or two that can be the permanent replacement to Brian Urlacher at the middle linebacker position.
That linebacker could be former Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown. Brown was the Big 12‘s defensive player of the year in 2012. Brown, who is projected as a late first round or early second round draft pick, will spend Monday and Tuesday visiting with the Chicago Bears. Brown recorded 100 tackles for the Wildcats in 2012. Brown did not participate in drills at the NFL Draft combine but ran a reported 4.56-4.66 4o-yard dash and cleared 21 reps on the bench-press drill.
Brown, who may slide to the second round of the NFL Draft, may still be available to the Bears if the team opts to trade their first round selection.