Originally reported by the Chicago Tribune’s Vaughn McClure, the Chicago Bears will meet with former Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown on Monday. Brown is scheduled to be in town the next two days.
Despite signing linebackers James Anderson and D.J. Williams in Free Agency, the Bears still have a need to get younger at the position. Currently, all three projected starters will be over 30 years-old when the 2013 season begins.
As a 4-3 outside linebacker, NFL Network’s Mike Mayock ranked Brown the second-best prospect in the Draft at the position, saying, “He can run, and he’s a play maker. I like him a lot.”
Draft experts as of late project Brown as a late first-, early second-round pick, but the if Phil Emery and the Bears like him at No. 20, they could be inclined to pull the trigger with the Minnesota Vikings sitting just a few spots back at No. 25 (via trade with the Seahawks).
The Vikings could also potentially be in the market for linebacker help, and Brown would be a potential fit in their system, too.
I’ve watched a little tape on Brown—maybe an hour’s worth—and what I like about him more than anything are his instincts as a player. He is very capable of sniffing out the direction of a play, and he tracks the football well.
His size (6’0”, 241 lbs.) limits the way scouts will project him position-wise, and many have relegated him to the weakside position at the NFL level, but he certainly plays bigger than he projects, and I believe he has the versatility to play either middle or weakside in a 4-3; he gets off blocks well and doesn’t shy away from contact with lineman.
Brown is a very fluid player, and he shows promise in coverage and versus the run. His ability to make a play on the football is what makes his game feel appropriate for the Chicago Bears.
In two years at Kansas St., Brown notched 201 total tackles, 17 tackles for loss, three sacks, three INTs, one TD and nine passes deflected.
Other linebackers who could be on the Bears’ radar in the late first- or early second-round (should they move to that area) are Georgia’s Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree, LSU’s Kevin Minter and Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o.
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