The Chicago Bears had two major need to fill in this draft: offensive guard and linebacker. In the first round, GM Phil Emery drafted Kyle Long, an offensive lineman who projects as a guard. In the second round this evening, Emery took former Florida linebacker Jon Bostic.
Bostic started 51 games for Florida and was the full-time starter at middle linebacker the past two seasons. He's a thick player with a strong upper body who has a very physical style of play. He is arguably the hardest-hitting linebacker in this draft.
He's at his best when attacking the run and is stout at the point of attack. For that reason, he should be able to play on the strong side, as well as middle linebacker in Chicago's 4-3 system. Bostic was a team leader for the Gators who called all the defensive plays on the field. He was also used as an edge rusher on occasion and picked up 2.0 sacks or more in each of the last three seasons. On top of that, he has shown occasional prowess in pass coverage, intercepting five passes during his collegiate career.
Bostic ran a 4.61 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine, which was one of the top times at his position. He struggles to get off blocks but the Bears are hoping that his experience and production can make him a long-term option to replace Brian Urlacher.
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