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Jon Bostic was drafted too high for a middle linebacker to sit the bench for long.
Phil Emery commented that the “two young linebackers are moving around very well” in this Chicago Bears official website video.
Both Bostic and Khaseem Greene have been praised by the Bears coaching staff since rookie minicamp, and this recent compliment from the General Manager was his first response to the question of what he’d seen in practice.
Between the two rookies, Bostic’s value is on the rise a little more. There are two reasons for this: his speed and draft position.
When asked how Greene has looked so far, Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) of the Chicago Tribune tweeted this response:
@Shrewd33 Needs to drop some weight (May 23)
If you compare Bostic and Greene on their NFL.com draft profiles, they’re almost the exact same size. The former Florida linebacker is faster though.
In the quicker pro game, Bostic has an edge to start immediately. That difference in speed may be why Biggs suggested the former Scarlet Knight should lose some weight.
In addition, Bostic is a higher draft choice than Greene. As a second-rounder, the expectation is that he should be able to start right away. D.J. Williams may prevent that from happening, but Bostic hasn’t failed to impress yet.