The Chicago Bears officially began their rookie mini camp today, and there was plenty of buzz around the newly drafted linebacker out of Florida, Jon Bostic. The Bears drafted Bostic to potentially replace former starting middle linebacker, Brian Urlacher who was given a strict ultimatum earlier in the offseason which eventually led to his abrupt release. Bostic comes into a situation where there will be plenty of competition at linebacker, but he’s ready.
Bostic led the number one defense in the country last year as one of their captains. He displayed plenty of quickness and the ability to finish a tackle from just about any angle. There were a few particular times throughout the season where the Gators thought the opposition had an easy score, but Bostic would come flying out of nowhere to save the home run. He took a huge leap with his leadership last season, and make no mistake about this guy; he is a winner.
Chicago kicked off their rookie mini camp today and got their first look at what type of player Bostic has the potential to be. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune tweeted directly after the practice concluded, saying Bostic looked quite fast and looked good on his footwork. This small analysis will prove to be a big factor in whether or not he can be the next special player in the middle of that defense.
Urlacher, during the majority of his career, was a quick linebacker and also good with his footwork. Urlacher could wrap up just about anybody placed in front of him while in his prime. Bostic looks like he can come in and be the same type of player right off the bat, especially knowing what is expected of him playing linebacker in the city of Chicago. The Bears have had a strong legacy at the linebacker spot throughout their history, having Hall of Fame guys like Dick Butkus, Mike Singletary and of course Urlacher lined up for them in the past.
Bostic signed his four-year deal yesterday with the Bears, making him the second to last rookie to sign his deal. First round pick Kyle Long has yet to work his deal out, but the team is optimistic it will be happening soon. For new defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, Bostic is going to be a fun player to coach and they are lucky to have him signed and ready to go.