The Bears selected a middle linebacker in the second round Friday – and no, it was not Notre Dame's Manti Te'o.
Instead, the Bears selected Jonathan Bostic from the Florida Gators with the No. 50 overall pick of the second round. Bostic might not be as much of a household name as Te'o, but he was a productive four-year player for one of the top teams in the SEC.
During his college career, Bostic (6-0, 245) started 32 of 51 games at middle linebacker and finished with 237 tackles, eight sacks, 19.5 tackles for loss, five interceptions and a touchdown. The Wellington, Fla., native finished his college career with six tackles against Louisville in the 2013 Sugar Bowl.
The Bears badly needed youth and speed at linebacker, and Bostic fills both needs. He ran a 4.61-second 40-yard dash as part of his agility tests while bench-pressing 225 pounds 22 times. He will turn 22 years old next month.
A run on linebackers preceded the Bears' selection of Bostic. The San Diego Chargers traded up to select Te'o at No. 38, while the Arizona Cardinals selected LSU's Kevin Minter at No. 45 and the Buffalo Bills selected Oregon's Kiko Alonso at No. 46.