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Q & A: LB Jon Bostic talks about joining the Bears
The Bears selected Florida middle linebacker Jonathan Bostic in the second round (50th overall) on Friday. He was their only draft pick on Day 2. Here’s what Bostic said about joining the Bears:
On joining the Bears: “I know it’s a franchise that’s got a lot of history. They’re trying to get back to what the path was made before. But I’m glad where I am and I’m happy. I’m excited. My emotions really can’t tell how excited I am. I’m just waiting to get up there.”
On coming to Halas Hall on a pre-draft visit: “I met with everybody in the building. I had a good feel for the coaching staff, especially the defensive coordinator (Mel Tucker) and the linebacker coach (Tim Tibesar). Those two guys I definitely spent a lot of time with. I got a good feel for them when I came to Chicago on a visit. I really liked them. It was pretty much in their hands from there.”
On the tradition of middle linebackers in Chicago: “I know they have a great tradition of linebackers, especially the two that actually just left this past year, especially the one who played ‘Mike.’ They have linebackers for days. You could sit here and name plenty of them. But obviously to play at this level it’s going to take a lot of work and I haven’t played at this level before, so I know it’s going to take a lot of work, a lot of studying to do and I’ll be able to catch up to the speed of this game.”
On which linebacker position he is most comfortable at: “To tell you the truth it really doesn’t matter to me. I went to college playing corner and safety and I knew I was going to be a linebacker going in. I went to college to play ‘Will.’ But we got Jelani (Jenkins) and it kind of changed everything up and coach slid me over to ‘Mike.’ It was kind of just natural for me. Linebacker is linebacker. It’s just where you line up, so it’s not really that big of a difference to me.”
On the pressure of following Brian Urlacher: “It’s not pressure at all to me. [I'm] more of a guy that can pretty much watch and learn a lot of things on film. They say they’re going to keep a lot of the schemes and the terminology the same, so I’m just really kind of excited to get up there.”