2.18 Chicago Bears Jonathan Bostic, ILB, Florida (6-0⅞, 245)
With the eighteenth selection (50th overall) in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears select inside linebacker Jonathan Bostic from the University of Florida. The Bears needed to replace the future hall of famer Brian Urlacher in the middle of the defense and Bostic will have the momentous task of doing so in the future. For right now, the veteran free agent D.J. Williams from Denver will be the player manning the middle. This gives Bostic time to develop into the impact player that the Bears hope he will become.
Bostic is a durable player (26 consecutive starts) that produced solid numbers throughout his career for the Gators (five interceptions and two forced fumbles). Bostic has high-end speed for the position, running a 4.61 40-yard dash. He has trouble changing direction due to being a bit stiff and this can limit some of his range. He needs to work on consistency in different areas of his game, but nothing is too flawed that there needs to be worries. This guy has solid instincts against both the run and pass game. He has the ability to feel the passing lanes and be aware of schemes from the offense. This guy is a good zone player with his ability to read the quarterback well; he needs to work on man coverage and sticking with the running backs and tight ends. He is good at filling up the holes against the run and using his pad level and natural power to take on blocks in order to disengage to make the tackle; but, he needs to develop his awareness a bit more in order to increase consistency. Bostic is a solid, fundamental tackler; he uses a solid wrap-up technique and is a heavy hitter. Overall, I see Bostic becoming a dependable middle linebacker with the Bears after he cleans up the slight deficiencies in his awareness and man coverage.
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