After selecting former Florida linebacker Jon Bostic in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft and not possessing a draft pick in the third round, the Bears were next on the clock in the fourth round. With the 117th overall selection in the NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears selected former Rutgers linebacker Khaseem Greene.
Greene was the 2012 Big East Defensive Player of the Year. While playing for Rutgers in 2012, Greene recorded 136 tackles to go along with 6 sacks and 6 forced fumbles. Greene projects to be a weak-side linebacker in 4-3 defensive scheme and has also drawn comparisons to former Bears’ linebacker Geno Hayes and current Bears’ linebacker Lance Briggs. Following the trend with the Bears previous picks of Bostic and offensive guard Kyle Long, Greene has tremendous athletic ability. Greene also is successful at what the Bears’ defense already does well and that is the ball punch. In coverage, Greene has the mobility of a safety. The downside on Greene is that the linebacker has seen his hustle on the football field be questioned and is not believed as strong or physical as a linebacker typically is.
Prior to the Bears selecting Greene in the fourth round, there was a run on quarterbacks that saw Ryan Nassib, Tyler Wilson, and Landry Jones all selected with the picks leading up to the Bears’ 117th overall selection. It is possible that the Bears were targeting a quarterback such as Nassib over Greene, but the team did not go wrong in adding another linebacker. One of the common criticisms of the Bears’ defense was the lack of depth and youth at the linebacker position. The Bears have addressed both with the selections of Bostic and Greene in the second and fourth rounds.