Bostic started 13 games for the Gators last season at middle linebacker and finished with 68 tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble.
The Bears hosted Bostic for a pre-draft visit.
Strengths: Bostic played against elite competition in the SEC at Florida, and excelled. Bostic started in all 13 games for the Gators for two consecutive seasons, and led the team in tackles as a junior with 94 stops. At 6-1, 245 pounds, Bostic is powerfully built and plays with good leverage. Because of his loose hips, Bostic is an ideal fit in a Tampa-2 system because of his ability to turn and run in pass coverage. In coverage, Bostic possesses a good feel for zone concepts, and is lauded by scouts for his agility, which should enable him to make plays from sideline to sideline.
Weaknesses: Despite impressive measurable attributes, such as his 4.61-second time in the 40-yard dash, Bostic doesn’t always play as fast as he times. In addition, Bostic struggles to get off blocks, which shouldn’t be a major issue considering future Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher encountered some of the same problems early in his career. Bostic is also criticized for not playing as aggressively as many scouts would like. Some call him more of a finesse player than a punishing type of linebacker. Bostic isn’t a consistent player, but makes a few impact plays throughout games that catch people’s attention.
By the numbers: Bostic is 6-foot-1 and weighs 245 pounds. He ran a 4.61 at the NFL Combine, which was a faster time than that of Kansas State Wildcats linebacker Arthur Brown, who ran a 4.66. Bostic also posted a time of 4.24 seconds in the short shuttle at the combine. He wore No. 52 for his first three seasons in college before switching to No. 1 for the 2012 season.
What it means: Bostic projects as a middle linebacker, and that’s where he’ll start his career with the Bears as a backup to free-agent acquisition D.J. Williams. General manager Phil Emery considers Bostic a three-position linebacker, which means he'll be expected to be capable of filling in at any of the spots if a starter goes down to injury. As a rookie, Bostic will likely contribute the most on special teams before eventually working his way into the starting lineup. It’s worth noting that Williams signed only a one-year deal. So the job could belong to Bostic after the 2013 season.
Next: Because the Bears lost a third-round pick as part of the trade for receiver Brandon Marshall, they won’t pick again until the fourth round on Saturday, unless they find a way to add a pick in that round through a trade, which is unlikely. The Bears own the 117th overall pick in the fourth round, in addition to picks in the fifth (153rd) and sixth (188th) rounds. The club doesn’t hold a seventh-round pick because they lost that selection last summer in the trade for former defensive tackle Brian Price.