As is typically the case, nobody is expecting much from the undrafted free agents who joined the Chicago Bears in 2013.
There are three guys who shouldn’t be written off so quickly, however. Undrafted free agents are more than capable of making an impact in the NFL.
2012 addition James Brown wasn’t selected and started at guard toward the end of last season. He yielded mixed results for the Bears, surrendering two sacks in Week 15 before closing out the year with a positive-2.3 rating, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required).
While that might not qualify Brown as a “gem,” he was certainly a useful signing. The left guard still hasn’t reached his ceiling, either.
Here are the three players from this year’s undrafted signings that might tap into high ceilings and become long-term gems.