The Chicago Bears have always been known for being a no-nonsense team, and shy away from the "bad kids" on draft day.
Well, here's an exception.
Vontaze Burfict was once a surefire first-rounder in 2012. Now, he's on a mock draft going in the fifth.
Why, you may ask? Simply an over-aggressive young player who can't keep his temper under control, and constantly butts heads with any member of the media.
Burfict is probably the polarizing player in the upcoming draft. He talks intrusive and plays even moreso.
Why would the Bears pick such a risky player?
The answer is simple, really. Everyone knows that Chicago can't deny the rapid aging of linebackers Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs. Although they both can still play at a very high level, it's time to search for young replacements to be groomed while the duo are still playing.
Think about it. Burfict is constantly on the look to pound a member of the opposing offense into the dirt. The Corona, CA native simply plays off instincts at a speed that not many can match coming out of college.
If the coaches, players and tough mentality of Chicago's defense can't nurture Burfict into a machine up the middle on the defense, then this 248-pound monster isn't made to play at the professional level.
Phil Emery may not be the only one gunning for Burfict in the later rounds, though.
Despite not being invited to a single team for individual workouts, the Baltimore Ravens have done plenty of homework on this prospect. Burfict has the same amount of intensity and competitiveness that Ray Lewis has, and is (or was) undoubtedly a perfect predecessor for the future Hall of Famer.