With the 50th overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft the Chicago Bears selected former Florida linebacker Jon Bostic. The Bears selected Bostic with former Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown available on the draft board.
With the Florida Gators in 2012, Bostic recorded 68 tackles to go along with 3 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 2 interceptions. Bostic will likely serve as the long-term replacement to Brian Urlacher at the middle linebacker position. Bostic earned a reputation while playing with the Florida Gators for being a vocal leader on the field for his teammates. Bostic will now be asked to eventually be the vocal leader for the Chicago Bears on defense.
Bostic’s strengths according to NFL.com.
Downhill Mike linebacker attacks lanes in the run game, often running through reach-blocks to get to his target. Immediately presses with hands on contact with good pad level to create space to work. Brings power to his tackles, stopping momentum and sometimes throwing bigger ballcarriers to the ground. Stuffs fullback blocks and holds his ground to stop linemen if unable to beat their blocks . NFL.com
Bostic’s weaknesses according to NFL.com.
Thickly built chest and shoulders but quickness is lacking. Won’t be able to makes wasted moves after first step due to lack of burst. Has difficulties consistently get off better offensive lineman blocks and can be stiff-armed by longer ballcarriers. Hits with shoulder too often against the run, allows him to get sucked into offensive lineman’s block rather than being able to make a play on the football. Overrun plays at times. NFL.com
Bostic has the potential to be a playmaking linebacker for the Chicago Bears on defense. With the signings of D.J. Williams and James Anderson that were made earlier in the off-season, Bostic may not be asked immediately to be the team’s starting linebacker. However, there is no question that Bostic is the Bears’ long-term solution at the middle linebacker position.