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Bears bringing Arthur Brown in for a visit

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The Vikings aren’t the only team in the NFC North in need of a middle linebacker.

The Bears have just as much of a (long-term) hole there, but are taking a look at one of the top prospects who might fill it.

According to Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com, the Bears are hosting Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown this week for a pre-draft visit.

While Brown doesn’t have the name recognition of other middle linebacker prospects such as Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o or Georgia’s Alec Ogletree or LSU’s Kevin Minter, he is well-regarded among those who watch film, an active if undersized linebacker.

With the Bears picking 20th and the Vikings 23rd and 25th, it could make for some interesting moves in the middle of the first round, as divisional rivals with similar needs jockey with each other.

The Bears signed veteran D.J. Williams, who could stand in the spot of Brian Urlacher for a year. But Brown’s an intriguing possibility, and a potential long-term fit.

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10 Responses to “Bears bringing Arthur Brown in for a visit”
  1. steelbydesign says: Apr 8, 2013 8:12 AM

    I’m not sure they need to worry about it. I have a hunch Brown goes to Pittsburgh at #17.

    If you look at the guys that they’ve tried to put in next to Timmons they’ve all been undersized, athletic, LBs that can cover the pass…

    Tomlin and Colbert also had a private dinner meeting with Brown during K.St pro day.

  2. blueballz77 says: Apr 8, 2013 8:19 AM

    I would love if the Giants drafted him and finally took a Lb in first round

  3. nastyn8770 says: Apr 8, 2013 9:05 AM

    I’m very pleased that Trestman started taking care of business right off the bat. And I have been complaining for years about the old regime not addressing the fact that urlacher can’t play forever. So, I hope that we do take a LB with the first pick.

  4. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Apr 8, 2013 9:30 AM

    Oh no, the Vikings won’t take a middle linebacker in the first round. I’ve been told they’re going to take Geno Smith, since they don’t need him and nobody else wants him.

  5. sowcrates says: Apr 8, 2013 9:48 AM

    Too much preoccupation with the MLB position. Keep in mind that when the bears took urlacher under dick Jauron , their defense had pass rushing OLBs in Colvin and Holdman and a defensive line collectively weighing at least 1400 pounds.

    Short of acquiring a Willis or Beason, you can wait and attempt to develop a Gary Bracket or some other guy who just needs to hold his own and make a play or two in his own area

  6. novanation33 says: Apr 8, 2013 10:21 AM

    The best inside linebacker in the draft and one of this year’s most underrated players.

  7. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 8, 2013 10:33 AM

    The Bears need to find players that won’t wilt during the stretch run – like Quitler always does.

  8. nastyn8770 says: Apr 8, 2013 11:57 AM

    Get off cutlets kiwis. Don’t bears fans remember all the years we didn’t have a franchise qb?? Now we a fierce competitor and a fiery leader and fans are still complaining.

  9. esplife03 says: Apr 8, 2013 12:45 PM

    I’m still not sold on this guy, for some reason I’m still hungup on Ogletree, possibly because he seems to be much nastier and physically gifted.

  10. larryboodry says: Apr 8, 2013 2:17 PM

    nastyn8770 says: Apr 8, 2013 11:57 AM

    “Get off cutlets kiwis. Don’t bears fans remember all the years we didn’t have a franchise qb?? Now we a fierce competitor and a fiery leader and fans are still complaining.”

    I thinkmost Bears fans do remember the years of guys like Peter Tom Willis and Craig Krenzel, most Cutler-bashing I see now comes from Packer fans like filthy and tokyo…But dude, if you’re gonna stick up for Jay, you should at least spell his name right.

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