Last season, the Bears thought they found the middle linebacker of the future when they selected Florida prospect Jon Bostic. He went on to struggle in his rookie season and the Bears will turn to veteran D.J. Williams once again.
Bostic will now compete for the other outside linebacker position opposite Lance Briggs. Time will tell whether he can move back to the inside but he looks to project as a much better outside player in the NFL. This means the Bears are virtually back at square one after they thought they found the long term replacement for Brian Urlacher.
What does the team do? Do they dare burn one of their six draft picks this year on another linebacker? It would be a tough pill to swallow given they drafted two linebackers last year and now have Shea McClellin moving to the position. General manger Phil Emery has shown he can draft well on offense but hasn’t hit it out of the park yet on defense.
The team might be best served looking at another middle linebacker in this draft. Williams might only have another season or two in him and that’s if he can even stay healthy this year. As of now there isn’t anyone on the roster to take over the long lineage of solid middle linebackers.
There are three names who stand out should the Bears want to draft a middle linebacker. Stanford’s Shane Skov, Michigan State’s Max Bullough and Louisville’s Preston Brown. All three players are solid natural middle linebackers who could be had in the later rounds.
If the Bears decide to choose one, it wouldn’t be the end of the world but one of them needs to pan out. The team can ill afford to miss out on another defensive player. Curious as to where these guys fall on our top-10 middle linebackers in this year’s draft? Our national guys have compiled the group here for your reading pleasure.