Scott Cunningham/Getty Images
Actual Pick: Jon Bostic
Re-Draft Pick: Tyrann Mathieu
Drafted 50th overall, Florida's Jon Bostic saw extensive playing time for the Bears in 2013 after linebacker D.J. Williams was lost for the season with a ruptured pectoral muscle.
At the time of him being drafted, Bostic's scouting report on NFL.com said: "downhill Mike linebacker attacks lanes in the run game, often running through reach-blocks to get to his target. Immediately presses with hands on contact with good pad level to create space to work."
Despite the praise he received in that scouting report, Bostic struggled at times to read and react to plays, often hitting the wrong hole or finding himself out of position to make a play.
According to Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Bears plan on having him compete with Shea McClellin for the strong-side linebacker position in training camp this summer. Bostic showed flashes and has the ability to become a full-time contributor to this team, but Tyrann Mathieu, who was chosen 19 picks later, may have been able to have a more immediate impact in 2013 than did Bostic.
Prior to the 2012 college season, Mathieu was kicked off of the LSU Tigers for violating team policy (multiple drug test failures) and was arrested on charges of marijuana possession and was later released, according to ESPN.com.
He declared for the NFL draft and was invited to the combine in February of 2013, where he impressed scouts with his 4.5 40-yard dash time.
Mathieu was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the third round and quickly became the team's starting nickelback.
Bleacher Report's Matt Miller graded Mathieu as the league's third-best cornerback in 2014 in his B/R NFL 1000: Top 100 Cornerbacks piece, writing:
Mathieu excelled, no matter whom he was asked to cover. His quickness in space is jaw-dropping, and his instincts are both quick and accurate. He doesn’t guess wrong and shows the foot speed to jump routes and close on the ball. When targeted, he can make a play on the ball. When asked to eliminate receivers, Mathieu’s lack of elite size can hurt him over the top, but he’s dynamic in his lower body and fluid in his movements.
Mathieu could have immediately competed with Isaiah Frey to be Chicago's starting nickelback in 2013 and likely would have been in the running for the team's starting free safety job in 2014.