As the Chicago Bears move through OTAs and closer to training camp, RantSports.com will be bringing you profiles for many of the team’s players. We’ll focus mainly on new acquisitions, players in position battles, and on any other key players facing pivotal seasons. In this installment for the Bears, we’ll take a look at fourth round draft pick Khaseem Greene.
It’s safe to say the Bears are going through a time of transition at linebacker this season. With the departure of Brian Urlacher, there’s now a big hole in the middle of the Chicago-D. While Greene isn’t a middle linebacker, he is another ball-hawking defender that will fit right in with the Bears 4-3 scheme.
Greene holds the Division I career record with 15 forced fumbles. During his time at Rutgers, the LB just simply tore things up. His performances during his junior and senior years earned him Big East defensive POY honors both seasons. You’d figure a guy with those kind of accolades would have gone higher in the draft, but there were some minor concerns over his size and athleticism.
With Greene, though, it’s all about the intangibles. He seems like one of those guys who’s just going to make plays. Who cares what the scouts say about him, the guy makes things happen on the football field. For a team that’s known for creating turnovers, it’s hard to imagine a better fourth round pick than Greene.
The rookie LB will head into camp trying to show he’s worthy of decent playing time from the get-go, and I fully expect him to succeed and grace the field a lot in 2013.
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