4 Undrafted Chicago Bears Players Who Could Prove to Be Gems
Do the Bears have any hidden undrafted gems on their roster? Considering they have a Heisman finalist and a standout linebacker from a national championship team, there very well could be a star among the group.
Here are four of the Bears' undrafted rookies who could make an impact at some point in the future.
Linebacker Christian Jones
Jones was a standout linebacker at Florida State. He's a tackling machine with great sideline-to-sideline speed. He's got experience at the strong-side and middle linebacker positions.
Special teams is where Jones can make an impact. His athleticism, size and speed is exactly what the Bears need on their third unit.
If he keeps his head on straight and plays hard in training camp, then he can make this roster and have an impact throughout the season.
Tight End/Offensive Lineman Cody Booth
Last season, the Bears used offensive lineman Eben Britton in a lot of two- and three-tight end sets. Having an actual tight end in the same role could keep a defense honest.
Former Temple tight end Cody Booth was abruptly converted to an offensive tackle last year despite leading the team in touchdown receptions in 2012. He has great size, quick feet and good hands.
It will be interesting to see how Booth lines up in training camp. He could see time on the offensive line and at tight end. He's a project who could turn into a valuable depth player down the line.
Booth likely won't make the 2014 roster, but he could stick on the practice squad. Who knows, a few seasons down the line, he could be a solid, versatile find.
Offensive Tackle James Dunbar
The Bears have a solid starting five on the offensive line, but they could use some depth. Tackle and guard are both question marks behind the starters, and that could open the door for James Dunbar.
Dunbar started 12 games last season at TCU at both left tackle and left guard. Having an ability to play two positions on the line works in his favor.
Resiliency is not foreign to Dunbar. He was once dismissed from TCU's football team due to academic issues but came back to earn his degree. He will work hard in training camp and may prove to have some staying power.
Running Back Jordan Lynch
It seems as if everybody is either inquiring about Jordan Lynch or is rooting for him to make this roster. The former Heisman finalist from Northern Illinois has a ton of fans and is making the most out of his opportunity with the Bears.
Lynch is a converted quarterback who certainly has some running skills. He rushed for nearly 2,000 yards last season with 23 touchdowns. He will be in direct competition with second-year back Michael Ford for the final roster spot.
In the Bears offense, Lynch can be a wild-card player. Teams won't know if he's running the ball or getting ready to pass out of the backfield. A Jordan Lynch package could be in the cards this season.
Special teams will likely be the deciding factor for Lynch on whether he makes the team. If he can contribute on kick and punt coverage, then he has a good chance of being the final running back.