Kwiatkoski spoke to the Bears at the Senior Bowl and the Combine, but he was slightly surprised they drafted him because he had had more contact with other teams.The Pennsylvania native is excited about joining a franchise with such a storied history at his position.
“The Bears have a long line of great linebackers,” Kwiatkoski said. “That’s something that makes me really happy to be a part of. They’re a hard-nosed defense.
“I haven’t really talked to anyone about where I’m going to be in the defense yet, but I feel like I bring versatility and just linebacker instincts. I’ve played multiple positions and I’m just happy to work. I play hard-nosed linebacker. I like to hit and be physical, but at the same I’m versatile, so I can cover.
“Kwiatkoski said he’s eager to learn from veteran inside linebackers Danny Trevathan and Jerrell Freeman and is also looking forward to reuniting with former West Virginia teammate Kevin White, the Bears’ first-round pick last year.
“I’m pretty close with Kevin,” Kwiatkoski said. “He came into West Virginia as a JUCO player, lived two doors down from me and I’ve stayed close with him. I lived with his brother, [Mountaineers receiver] Ka’Raun White, at West Virginia this past year.”