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The Chicago Bears drafted linebacker Jon Bostic with the No. 50 selection in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
The Bears had a possibility to trade out of the second round, but they decided to stay put and take Bostic.
"We had a couple teams make offers. We didn't see the value in their offers," Bears GM Phil Emery said via Chicagobears.com."
Bostic started at middle linebacker during three of his four seasons at the University of Florida. He recorded 237 tackles, 19.5 tackles-for-loss, 8.0 sacks and five interceptions in 51 career games for the Gators.
The 6'1", 245 lb Bostic racked up 68 tackles, 3.0 sacks and two interceptions during his senior season.
He is a versatile player who the Bears feel can play any three of the linebacker spots.
"The reason we like John, he's a three-position linebacker," Emery said via Chicagobears.com. "It was very important that if we were going to take a linebacker in the second round that we get somebody who could immediately fill in in all three spots if one of our starters was not available due to injury and we would have a good football player in place."
Bostic ran a 4.61 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine and is said to be a vocal leader who is very solid against the run.
"We brought him in for a visit and we felt very good about his football aptitude and his ability to line everybody else up on the field," Emery said. It's extremely important at the end of the day because it separated him from some others, and obviously the more football-smart the players we bring in, the better we're going to be.
Bostic's father Jon was a former defensive back for the Detroit Lions (1985-1987), so the football intelligence runs in his family.
The Bears view him as a future starter at middle linebacker, but he should get a chance to compete for one of the linebacker spots this season.
Through the first two days of the NFL Draft, the Bears have added two players who fill big needs for the team. Both players come from a bloodline of former NFL players.
They may have taken Long and Bostic before most analysts and fans anticipated, but they had both players ranked highly on their draft boards. At the end of the day guard and linebacker were two of the biggest needs and the Bears added two guys who have plenty of potential moving forward.
Bostic is the first Gators LB drafted since Brandon Spikes by the Patriots in 2010. He becomes the 24th Gator drafted by the Bears. Ironically former Bears RB Neil Anderson, who attended UF announced the selection.
The Bears have selections in the fourth, fifth and sixth round during the last day of the NFL Draft on Saturday.
Jake Perper is the founder and head writer for Bearsbacker.com. Follow him on Twitter, @Bearsbacker and on Facebook for up to the minute news about the Chicago Bears.
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