It's no question that linebacker is, and has been a position of need for the Bears for awhile now. With Brian Urlacher possibly never playing in a Bears uniform again and Lance Briggs entering the twilight of his career, it's time to get younger.
Sure they have a few young depth players like JT Thomas, Blake Costanzo and Geno Hayes, but Thomas is looking more like a wasted draft pick, Costanzo is a primary ST players and Hayes just isn't very bright. So, what do the Bears do about that linebacker position? Do they go the obvious route and draft one of Te'o, or Minter in the first round?both of which can play either inside or outside linebacker. Or, do the Bears go a different way and draft in the 2nd to later rounds?
Arthur Brown has been a name I've thrown around a lot since the mock season has begun. Many people aren't really familiar with the 2012 All-American and Butkus Award candidate, but trust me, the kid can straight up BALL.
Brown actually started his college career at THE U, but transferred after seeing that Miami was going through a coaching/culture change. He went to KSU where he would have a better chance at becoming a starter.
He's your classic tampa 2 linebacker. A sideline to sideline tackler who will not be a liability in coverage and will make the big tackle when you need it. Brown not only excells in pass coverage, but is a stout run defender. When he became the middle man in the KSU defence, a once weak run stopping squad immediately became one of the best in the nation. Brown is a technique player who wraps up good and doesn't lead with his head. He's smart and vocal, he studies film and knowns the other teams' tendencies so that he can call them out on the field.
The only negative Brown has coming out is his tendency to over pursue the play. A few times you will see him out run the ball carrier, or bite on a play action, but that is all things that can be fixed with coaching. In all I believe Arthur Brown would be a great second round draft pick and could solidify the middle of the Bears defense for years to come.