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2013 NFL mock draft: Arthur Brown to Chicago Bears

What can Brown do to fill Brian Urlacher's shoes?


The Chicago Bears are overhauling the linebacker position this off-season. Gone are three players - most prominently long-time star middle linebacker Brian Urlacher - and new to town are two vets on one-year deals (D.J. Williams and James Anderson). The position has been addressed, but is still a need - and is in particular need of some youth.

Team Player Position Height Weight Class
20. Chicago Bears Arthur Brown, Kansas State LB 6'0" 241 SR

Dane Noble: "There was a very intriguing option still left on the board for this pick, most notably defensive end Bjoern Werner... He is the best player available, and that’s how GM Phil Emery has stated repeatedly that he will draft. But with Julius Peppers, Shea McClellin and Corey Wootton (not to mention the slight chance that Israel Idonije could return) on the roster, it would be too irresponsible not to address the biggest position of need for Chicago right now: linebacker.

"There are a handful of options here with only Alec Ogletree off the board, but a couple of them I think could step in and start day one in Chicago, and make an immediate impact: Arthur Brown and Kevin Minter.

"Between the two of them, Brown is the pick. Minter might be more aggressive, but I also watched him miss way more tackles than he should have over the last couple of seasons, and he can be a liability in pass coverage. Arthur Brown is a bit undersized, but is blazing fast, and can make plays from sideline to sideline. When you think of Chicago Bears linebackers, you think of aggression, speed, and athleticism, and Brown fits solidly into each of those categories.

"With the recent departure of Brian Urlacher, Nick Roach, and Geno Hayes, the Bears need some linebacker help asap. They recently signed D.J. Williams and James Anderson, but both to only one year contracts, and both come with question marks. Plug Brown in for the next few years, and let him work."

Here's our own Dan Kadar to break down the pick:

Brown could be plugged in for quite a bit more than just a few years in Chicago. Whether the Bears stick with the cover-2 4-3 system or use some 3-4 sets as some expect, Brown is a fit. In a 4-3, he’s a natural inside or on the weak side. In a 3-4, he can be used in the same way the 49ers use Navorro Bowman. It’s again worth noting that Anderson and Williams were only signed to one-year contracts. Anderson is a seven-year veteran and Williams is nine years in. Neither are long-term answers. With how the board fell, Brown is a best player available choice and gives the defense more athleticism.

Before this mock draft cedes your attention to March Madness for the weekend, we've got one more pick coming your way at 3PM courtesy of the fine folks at Cincy Jungle.

Top 5 players remaining

# Player Pos. College Ht. Wt.
11 Bjoern Werner * DE Florida State 6'3" 266
16 Kenny Vaccaro S Texas 6'1" 215
19 Tyler Eifert TE Notre Dame 6'6" 250
20 D.J. Fluker * OT Alabama 6'5" 339
21 DeAndre Hopkins * WR Clemson 6'1" 214

2013 SB Nation NFL writers' mock draft results

No. Team Player Pos. College
1 Kansas City Chiefs Luke Joeckel OT Texas A&M
2 Jacksonville Jaguars Geno Smith QB West Virginia
3 Oakland Raiders Sharrif Floyd DT Florida
4 Philadelphia Eagles Eric Fisher OT Central Michigan
5 Detroit Lions Ezekiel Ansah DE BYU
6 Cleveland Browns Dion Jordan OLB Oregon
7 Arizona Cardinals Barkevious Mingo OLB LSU
8 Buffalo Bills Jarvis Jones OLB Georgia
9 New York Jets Chance Warmack OG Alabama
10 Tennessee Titans Dee Milliner CB Alabama
11 San Diego Chargers Star Lotulelei DT Utah
12 Miami Dolphins Desmond Trufant CB Washington
13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Xavier Rhodes CB Florida State
14 Carolina Panthers Lane Johnson OT Oklahoma
15 New Orleans Saints Alec Ogletree LB Georgia
16 St. Louis Rams Tavon Austin WR West Virginia
17 Pittsburgh Steelers Cordarrelle Patterson WR Tennessee
18 Dallas Cowboys Jonathan Cooper OG North Carolina
19 New York Giants Sheldon Richardson DT Missouri
20 Chicago Bears Arthur Brown LB Kansas State