Predicting the Chicago Bears’ Next Great LB

April 3, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

With the Brian Urlacher era likely over in Chicago and Lance Briggs on the wrong side of 30, it's time to take a look at who could be the Bears' next great linebacker.
The middle linebacker spot for the Chicago Bears is a legendary position. From Bill George and Dick Butkus to Mike Singletary and Urlacher, the Bears always seem to find guys to intimidate opponents.
With Briggs being the only returning player with significant experience from last year's team and two free agents signing one-year deals, the Bears figure to look to the draft, where they hope to find the next great player.
One thing to remember for the Bears is that general manager Phil Emery has been a firm believer in the theory that speed kills.
In his time as a scout with Chicago, Kansas City and Atlanta, Emery's teams drafted 14 linebackers. At least 11 ran the 40-yard dash in under 4.8 seconds. The only exceptions that I found the times for were mid-to-late round picks, Rosevelt Colvin and Khari Sa...

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