Chicago Bears select Jon Bostic 50th overall
- Updated: April 26, 2013
With the 50th pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the Chicago Bears selected linebacker Jon Bostic from the University of Florida. Let’s take a moment to get to know the newest Bear and see how he fits on the roster.
Bostic was a highly recruited linebacker out of high school who saw significant playing time all four years in college at a major program. He led a fearsome defense in 2012 that carried the Florida Gators to a BCS bowl. Bostic has led his team in tackles each of the last two years, totaling six sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss over those two seasons.
How he fits in
After the departures of starting linebackers Nick Roach and Brian Urlacher, Jon Bostic fills an obvious hole for the Bears. He will compete with veteran acquisitions D.J. Williams and James Anderson for a starting spot in 2013, and will hopefully be a starting linebacker for years to come. Bostic seems like the likely heir apparent to former face of the franchise Brian Urlacher. Bostic possesses the good coverage skills the Bears like in a middle linebacker, as he notched five interceptions in 2012.
Bostic definitely fills a position of need for the Bears, but again I feel they passed on the best player at the position. Arthur Brown seems like the smarter pick here to me, but Bostic should be a solid player, and he is bigger than Brown, which will enable him to play middle linebacker.
Regardless, it’s hard to hate this pick. Bostic is a plug-and-play guy who fills a hole for the Bears and should make their defense better in 2013.
OK...call me racist, but these make believe names has really gone beyond stupid! Not foriegn names...I get that...different cultures. In fact in most countries on every continent of every color there is a register of names allowed and you can petition to add one. But these names get more and more moronic. Compound that with crazy spelling (ignorant misspelling?) of real names. These guys are lucky they have athletic gifts because I have never meet a professional...doctor, lawyer, accountant, CEO named Beminkwa or Shamarko.
@reggiesnodeuce very great pick...
@tmonson78 Excellent. I will get it up later this afternoon so that it can be the featured article the rest of the weekend.
@Sweet melt you bitch *Yawn*
@robertj72 In Germany it is illegal to name a boy Andrea (although it's considered a boy's name in Italy). He must be named Andreas.
I don't advocate having laws governing names. I would think that people could police themselves with common sense, though.
@jwoude23 Bear Down It was an overwhelming need...shocked it took til this draft to address it.
Nope, Williams said he hates America in his team interviews.
@jwoude23 Bear Down Yes, I was editing Troy's article.
@robertj72 Indeed. If he can get healthy behind Gore, they'll be set at RB for a while.
Do you want to have a son-in-law named Barkevious?
(especially if he isn't an athlete?)
@Um... I think he is an OLB, not an OL.
LKP might have to re-evaluate his "Fluke Turnovers" theory when they play the Bears.
@Sweet melt you bitch @Um... GB has been the Bears only consistent struggle. That has always been my biggest worry. I like the Bears schedule this year and if they can get 1 win against GB that would be huge. I am willing to bet now the chances are really good the Bears are within 1 game of the Packers come the end of the season.
@Um... @robertj72 i believe those strong can overcome anything including a name. But I also think we take on an identity largely from the one we have pressed on us from an early age. Just as ranking as siblings largely effect personality. And when a name makes a teacher treat you different, whether it is right or wrong, it will have impact. When people constantly snicker or comment "did you mom not know how to spell it"..when you can't answer "why you have that name" it has a cumulative impact...Even if those reacting are ignorant asses. A name for a great person or a respected elder in the town or family can conversely have a positive impact on the persons identity when young.
@robertj72 I believe identity is not in a name. Kind of like..
" A rose by any other name would smell as sweet."
"But ya ought to thank me, before I die,For the gravel in ya guts and the spit in ya eye
Cause I'm the son-of-a-bitch that named you "Sue.'"
My larger point is that there are things any parent can do to give their child advantages or disadvantages. School choice, city choice, extra curicular activities, books in the house....and his or her name. Whether it is always fair or politically correct it is the situation. And burdening the child with whimsy of an invented name and expecting the entire world to add that to the litany of things they have to acknowledge and deal with everyday is selfish and potentially harmful.
@Um... @robertj72 @Preparation_A If a name is purposely misspelled then yes. Although I question the wisdom to do so. But a name can be misspelled because the parent is so ignorant they hooked on phonics a name not realizing they butchered the spelling of the name they intended. Which I believe happens often.
@robertj72 @Preparation_A A name can not be misspelled. A name is a thing given to a person and its spelling is determined by the people giving the name to the child. While it may not be spelled in an ethnically traditional way based on the name''s roots you have to realize that most common names already have many, many spellings regionally on a worldwide level and that if someone wants to spell a name differently there is nothing inherently wrong with it. it is about personal preference. Also remember If a kid does not like his or her name that can always be changed later on. As far as Tax preparers and other professionals making mistakes and stuff, that is on them to read your name properly. If they can't, they shouldn't be in the field they are in. And fuck, if people can not say a name properly that is on them. There is no reason anyone should puss out and say their name other than how it is meant to be said. Unless you just don't care.
@Preparation_A @robertj72 well you can change it...but I think it would be wrong for a parent to exclude a child from a last name of heritage and belonging. If an adult choose to do anything to their own name then it is there right. Placing that decision on the child that must live with that choice is what I find troubling.
@Preparation_A @robertj72 Wildly misspelling a name will lead to a life of typos by professionals for your SS or tax returns. A life of explaining it. A life of ridicule in grade school. A life of mispronouncement. Why set your child up for any undue difficulty when you can avoid it..no matter how trivial?
I know. I really don't either, just playing along.