Oct 20, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Rutgers Scarlet Knights linebacker Khaseem Greene (20) prior to playing the Temple Owls at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. Rutgers defeated Temple 35-10. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears Select Rutgers Linebacker Khaseem Greene in Fourth Round

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The Chicago Bears needed to get younger at linebacker heading into the NFL Draft and have addressed that area of need with consecutive selections in the second and fourth rounds.  After grabbing Florida linebacker Jon Bostic on Day 2, the Bears doubled down on the LB position by selecting Rutgers linebacker Khaseem Greene with their first selection on Day 3, number 117 overall. 

The 6’0″ 236 pound Greene projects as a 4-3 outside linebacker, so he could challenge newly signed veteran James Anderson for the Sam linebacker spot in the short term and could be groomed to take Lance Briggs’ spot down the road, as the guys at Walter Football describe:

Greene should develop into a starting Will (weakside) linebacker in a NFL 4-3 defense. He would fit an attacking scheme or a Tampa 2 defense. Greene’s speed and athleticism should let him be a three-down linebacker in the NFL.

The Bears appear to have gotten good value, as many scouts projected Greene to be a 2nd or 3rd round pick.   I expect him to contribute immediately on special teams.

Here is a highlight reel of Greene:

What do you think of the pick?  Are you surprised the Bears doubled down on linebackers?  What other needs should they address?

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