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Bears could be looking for long-term linebacker answers in the draft

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As the Chicago Bears attempt to fix quickly a defense that performed poorly in 2013, the franchise could be applying a longer-term view to one of the positions for which its renowned.


As explained by Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Bears may need to target a middle linebacker in 2014 with a plan to use him in 2015.  For now, D.J. Williams (pictured) remains the man in the middle, with Lance Briggs still holding down the weak side and Shea McClellin getting a crack at taking over the strong side.  By next year, Briggs and Williams could be gone.

Drafted last year to be a middle linebacker, Bostic is headed to the outside this year.  He’ll likely get a chance to develop into a potential replacement for Briggs.  That leaves a hole behind Williams in the middle.

Finley pegs round three as the point at which the Bears could start looking for a future middle linebacker.  Plenty of factors come into play, including whether many potential middle linebackers remain after the first two rounds.

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15 Responses to “Bears could be looking for long-term linebacker answers in the draft”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 21, 2014 1:01 AM

    Sounds good, but first what QBs are left? Just ’cause I like to know the list of remaining QBs before texting somebody to turn in a draft card.

  2. DonKellyBaby says: Apr 21, 2014 1:12 AM

    CJ Mosley or Ha Ha Clinton-Dix would be excellent additions to the Bears Defense.

  3. 4thandlonger says: Apr 21, 2014 4:38 AM

    Drafts a first round pass rusher and now has him heading for strong side LB. Drafts a second round Mike and now has him heading for Weakside.

    Hoping we get the defensive draft right this year

  4. britishteeth says: Apr 21, 2014 6:36 AM

    Is there a team looking for short-term answers in the draft?

  5. Indybear says: Apr 21, 2014 7:12 AM

    Take the best player with the greatest desire to compete and win. Tom Brady and Richard Dent, sixth round picks. Nuff said.

  6. fleebusmcgee says: Apr 21, 2014 7:40 AM

    Bostic was drafted as an outside linebacker. He only played inside due to injuries last year. In fact he only played at all due to injuries last year.

  7. docsweeney says: Apr 21, 2014 9:08 AM

    Not a deep draft for MLBs. Get a corner, safety, DT first. Could struggle by with Bostic or Greene or a 2015 rookie next year.

  8. respectgsh says: Apr 21, 2014 9:28 AM

    The Bears could maybe grab Yawin Smallwood from UCONN in round 3. IMO they should start Bostic on the strong side, since he’s got more sand in his pants than Greene who could then back up Briggs on the weak side. That leaves your rookie behind Williams in the middle.

  9. ngarren13 says: Apr 21, 2014 11:17 AM

    Denicos Allen Michigan St. could be a 4th/5th rd pick.

  10. djshnooks says: Apr 21, 2014 2:16 PM

    Khaseem Greene isn’t in their plans?

  11. beardownfromcali says: Apr 21, 2014 2:23 PM

    I really enjoy reading all things Bears. But enough with the draft scenarios. We’ll know enough on May 8.

    All of this speculation and what happened last year? Kyle Long.

  12. kabasaman says: Apr 21, 2014 2:26 PM

    Hey Indybear; Matter of fact; Richard Dent….. 8th round.. No kiddin.

  13. wnstonchill says: Apr 21, 2014 4:09 PM

    They don’t have the luxury of being able to do that in this years draft! Unless they find a late round sleeper pick. Their focus in the first two rounds MUST be the Safety and Cornerback positions.

  14. wnstonchill says: Apr 22, 2014 11:28 AM

    Emery is praying daily that he didn’t “wiff” on Jonathon Bostic!

  15. kansacity88 says: Apr 22, 2014 1:13 PM

    Yawin Smallwood would fit in perfectly. Great size at 6’3″. The undersized backers nowadays get lost too often trying to sift through the trash to try to make tackles. Please get one with some height and size! No offense to the smaller 6’1 and under guys but damn……GET BIGGER!!

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