Ogletree Or Three (Others)?
Many had pegged Chicago Bears general managers Phil Emery to select linebacker Alec Ogletree from Georgia with their 20th pick in this year’s draft. Brian Urlacher’s out of the Windy City, Nick Roach is now an Oakland Raider—it made sense right?
Surprising nearly everyone with the selection of offensive lineman Kyle Long, Ogletree instead went to the St Louis Rams with the 30th pick. In later rounds, Emery believed gathering a few LB talents would make up for the spot that Ogletree likely would have filled as star linebacker.
Jon Bostic, the Bears’ second round pick from Florida is athletic, quick, and has a great attitude and instincts. He can penetrate the pocket and stick with running backs. Similar to Long, his father Jon Bostic Sr. played in the NFL as a defensive back. He’ll most likely start out on special teams, but could look to challenge D.J. Williams or James Anderson for the starter job.
Khaseem Greene of Rutgers (117th overall) has the same makeup as Bostic (6’1, roughly 240 pounds) but shows a little more promise. A converted safety, Greene was the Big East’s Defensive Player of the Year twice. He holds the NCAA record for 15 forced fumbles in his career.
Chicago’s last pick, Cornelius Washington, came at the 20th spot in the sixth round, and played with Ogletree at Georgia. He has the potential to develop into an elite pass-rusher.
Though Ogletree was a nice thought, Chicago’s three linebacker prospects have terrific potential and experienced veterans to mentor them.
Long is expected to be offered a four-year contract with the option for a fifth. Emery hopes to have all rookies signed by May 15.