Chicago Bears: Top 10 Undrafted Rookie Free Agent Signings from Tuesday

Tim LewisContributor IJuly 26, 2011

Chicago Bears: Top 10 Undrafted Rookie Free Agent Signings from Tuesday

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    The Chicago Bears have signed 26 undrafted rookie free agents today including Dane Sanzenbacher, a first team All-Big Ten wide receiver from Ohio State.

    Today marked the beginning of a free agent frenzy unlike anything we've ever seen as the Bears continue to close the gap towards the 90 man limit for NFL rosters by next week.

    Let's take a look at the top 10 players the Bears came to terms with today.

10. Robert Hughes, Fullback, Notre Dame

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    Robert Hughes saved his best for last as he totaled 47 carries for 189 yards (4 yards per carry) and two touchdowns over his final three games at Notre Dame.

    At 5'11", 245 lbs, Hughes could be the answer for the Bears on 3rd and 1 or 4th and goal next season. 

9. Jimmy Young, Wide Receiver, TCU

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    Jimmy Young totaled 147 catches for 2,316 yards (15.8 yards per catch) and 13 touchdowns during his four year career at TCU. 

    Young (6'0", 204 lbs) will attempt to throw his hat in the ring as the Bears desperately search for upgrades as the wide receiver position.  

8. Kris Adams, Wide Receiver, UTEP

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    Another speedy wide receiver, Kris Adams totaled 144 receptions for 2,657 yards (18.5 yards per catch) and 30 touchdowns during his career at UTEP.

    At 6'3", 195 lbs, Adams has an outside shot at making the team based on his knack for finding the end zone and his ability go gain yards after the catch.

7. Travis Cobb, Wide Receiver, Arizona

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    Best known for his ability as a kick returner, Travis Cobb posted a 100 yard kick return for a TD in 2010, following a 95 yard kick return for a TD in 2009.

    Cobb totaled 64 kick returns for 1,649 yards during his two seasons at Arizona—good for 25.8 yards per return.

6. Trevor Vittatoe, Quarterback, UTEP

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    Trevor Vittatoe (6'2", 220 lbs) threw for 12,439 yards, 97 touchdowns, and 42 interceptions during his four year career at UTEP—an average of 3,110 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions per season.

    Vittatoe will be competing for the Bears third string quarterback position.

5. Mario Addison, Defensive End/Linebacker, Troy

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    Mario Addison is a hybrid athlete who can play both defensive end and linebacker at the next level.

    Standing 6'3" and weighing in at 245 lbs, Addison racked up 46 tackles, one forced fumble, and 10.5 sacks last season as a senior at Troy. 

4. Alex Linnenkohl, Center, Oregon State

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    Alex Linnenkohl (6'3", 303 lbs) was a three year starter at Oregon State and was named All-Pac 10 as a senior.

    Linnenkohl will have a decent shot at making the team next season considering the Bears woefully inept offensive line.

3. Andre Smith, Tight End, Virginia Tech

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    Andre Smith (6'4", 272 lbs) is a big tight end who was primarily known for his blocking up until his senior season at Virginia Tech.

    Smith displayed his new found versatility as a pass catcher to the tune of 20 receptions for 195 yards and five touchdowns last year for the Hokies.

2. Dom DeCicco, Linebacker, Pittsburgh

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    Dom DeCicco (6'3", 232 lbs) played both strong safety and weakside linebacker during his time at Pitt—a testament to his elite athleticism on the football field.

    DeCicco racked up 94 tackles and 5 interceptions last season for the Panthers and is a prime candidate to be an All-Pro special teams player at the next level.

1. Dane Sanzenbacher, Wide Receiver, Ohio State

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    Dane Sanzenbacher (6'0", 182 lbs) led the Big Ten with 948 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns last season as a senior at Ohio State.

    Sanzenbacher has often been compared to Wes Welker due to his great hands and ability to always find the soft spots in a zone defense.

    I expect Sanzebacher to not only make the Bears team, but to contribute both as a wide receiver and a special teams player.