The Chicago Bears hopefully found their long-term replacement to Brian Urlacher at the middle linebacker position with their second round selection on Friday. With the 50th overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Bears selected former Flordia linebacker Jon Bostic. The Bears’ selection of Bostic came after the team passed on linebackers Manti Te’o and Alec Ogletree in the first round, and passed on linebacker Arthur Brown in favor of Bostic in the second round. Nonetheless, Bears’ general manager Phil Emery sees potential in Bostic and his chances to be the Bears’ starting middle linebacker for the long-term.
There was few other options that the Bears could have chosen in the second round. While Emery admitted that there was some discussion about drafting a cornerback with team’s second round selection, the team’s need at linebacker was the more pressing need. That would be why it would have been tough for Emery to justify the Bears passing on a linebacker in the second round after passing on one in the first round. Nonetheless, Bostic should not be overlooked as the Bears’ second round selection. In fact, there are a lot of qualities in Bostic that make the linebacker an ideal fit for the Bears’ defense. Bostic was a vocal leader for the Florida Gators, and when playing the middle linebacker position in the NFL, it is important that the linebacker is vocal with his teammates. Bostic trusts his instinct, some have suggested that the former Florida linebackers trusts his instincts too much. Though, as Brian Urlacher demonstrated while playing middle linebacker for the Bears, a linebacker needs to trust his instincts while playing the Bears’ 4-3 defensive scheme. In addition, Bostic also has value as he has the potential to play all three linebacker positions–that is how Nick Roach earned his reputation during his playing time with the Bears.
Bostic may have not been the linebacker that Bears’ fans were hoping for, however, he is a linebacker that Bears’ fans should approve of as the team’s second round selection.
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