by Brad Biggs
March 16, 02011
Syracuse linebacker Doug Hogue will have a private workout today for the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles, according to his agent David Canter.
Hogue, an all-Big East selection who participated in the East-West Shrine Game, is considered a potential mid-round selection. He was converted from running back to outside linebacker during the spring in 2009, giving him two seasons at the position. That means he’s a little raw and needs to be developed, but in short order he became ninth on the Orange’s career list for tackles for loss with 26 ½.
The Eagles need to revamp their corps of linebackers with a revamped defensive coaching staff. The Bears have only two linebackers under contract right now – Pro Bowl performers Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs – making it a need position for them. They may re-sign veteran Brian Iwuh, who is a special teams performer, but it remains to be seen what they’ll do for a starter on the strong side. The team could pursue veterans Pisa Tinoisamoa or Nick Roach. The Bears could also go in a different direction, but the club is expected to draft at least one linebacker.
Per Canter, Hogue will visit the Detroit Lions some time next month.
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