The Chicago Bears are meeting with LB Reuben Foster on Monday. The staff also dined with the All-SEC linebacker Sunday night.
Foster, a 2015 national champion, had 115 tackles and 5.0 sacks last season for the Crimson Tide. The standout linebacker was a leader of that defense and is considered a top-10 talent.
At the NFL combine, Foster was sent home from the NFL combine after an incident with a doctor. He said he got “into an argument and felt he got mistreated.” Will this affect his draft stock? Not a chance. A minor confrontation is nothing to worry about.
Foster is an elite athlete. His speed and aggressiveness has made him one of the best if not the best linebacker in this draft class. A unanimous first-team All-American, the Alabama product is labeled as the “big hitter” and an instant upgrade to the linebacker position on an NFL roster. His tackling technique needs work, but he can shoot gaps efficiently and will become a leader on the defense.
So, is Foster an option for the Bears? Of course he is. But looking at the Bears roster, linebacker is not the most pressing need.
The Bears have solid depth at linebacker, led by veterans Danny Trevathan and Jerrell Freeman. Foster would likely play an inside linebacker in the 3-4 or could play outside linebacker in the 4-3. The Bears play the 3-4, and the team has depth at the ILB position, not making it an immediate need. While Foster would be a great addition and make a big impact from day 1, the Bears have other holes they can fill(QB, S) with the No. 3 pick.