GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 03: De'Anthony Thomas #6 of the Oregon Ducks tries to break the tackle of Arthur Brown #4 of the Kansas State Wildcats during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 3, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Though the Bears added D.J. Williams and James Anderson at linebacker, the loss of Brian Urlacher, Nick Roach and Geno Hayes means that they still are thin at the position. Throw in that Lance Briggs is turning 33 this year, and you have a team that could use young, fresh talent at linebacker. If the Bears hold on to their first-round draft pick, they could use it to pick up Kansas State's Arthur Brown.
He missed the combine because of a shoulder injury, but Brown impressed at his Pro Day with good marks in his vertical leap -- which is an important metric to Bears general manager Phil Emery -- and his 40-yard dash. He will reportedly meet with the Bears before the draft, showing they do have some interest.
Brown won Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, and has picked off both Robert Griffin III and Geno Smith. He's fast, and can move towards the ball to disrupt plays. His aggressiveness on the field is key to his playing style, and would fit in well with players like Tim Jennings and Charles Tillman, who attack the ball at all times.
He is on the short side for a linebacker, and his tackling needs work. If Brown wants to be a showstopping linebacker, he needs to improve on causing turnovers. But he looks like a good use of the Bears' 20th draft pick.