Bostic, out of the University of Florida, started all 13 games for the Gators a season ago. With 68 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions, Bostic has the talent to become a dynamic force for the Bears defense.
With the departure of Brian Urlacher this offseason, the Bears were in need of a middle linebacker. Although he is still very raw and has some developing to do, I believe Bostic has the ability to be the perfect replacement for Urlacher.
The Bears will have a different look this season with new head coach Marc Trestman. Once a team that relied on their defense to win games, Trestman figures to bring more balance to Chicago this year.
Although Trestman is offensively minded, he and the Bears made the right move in selecting Bostic with their second round pick.
There’s no doubt many Bears fans were upset when the Bears didn’t bring back Urlacher, but Bostic can easily make fans forget all about number 54 with a solid rookie season.
Obviously it’s a stretch to think Chicago will actually totally forget about Urlacher, but the fact of the matter is the Bears made a big step in moving past the Urlacher era by drafting Bostic.
Despite the change in philosophy, the Bears made it clear Friday night that they still value a great defense. Bostic still has a few months before he plays his first NFL game, but right now he seems like a perfect fit for the Bears.