The Chicago Bears have been focused on improving their offensive line this offseason, but their defense was also in need of some fine tuning. Obviously, there’s a big hole at middle linebacker after the departure of Brian Urlacher, but the defense is also aging, as a whole. Defense has been the hallmark of the Bears for years, and one word many people use when describing it is ‘ball-hawking.’ Chicago’s defense is known for forcing fumbles and creating turnovers, and they were again at the top of league in that department in 2012.
With one of their fourth round selections in this year’s draft, they took LB Khaseem Greene out of Rutgers, who just so happens to also be known as a ball-hawker.
In fact, Greene holds the Division I football record with 15 career forced fumbles. Once a safety, Greene converted to linebacker two years ago, and he hasn’t looked back since. He was the Big East defensive player of the year, each of the past two seasons.
“I don’t give up on any plays. My mentality is I want to get the ball back and I want to get it to my offense or it would be even better if the defense could pick it up and score. That’s my philosophy when it comes to defense is getting to the ball, creating takeaways and then just going from there,” said Greene.
So in theory, Greene seems like the perfect fit for the Bears. There are some minor concerns over his size (6’1″ and 241 lbs.) and speed (4.71/40), but he’s really in line with what you expect in a modern day outside linebacker. On top of everything, though, it seems Greene has the intangibles and ball skills to be successful in the NFL. Especially, in the Bears’ 4-3 defensive system.
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