Jordan Lynch (QB), Northern Illinois
6'0" | 217 lbs.
62.6 CMP%, 2892 YDS, 24 TD, 8 INT, 138.4 QBR | 292 CAR, 1920 YDS, 23 TD
7th Round/Priority free agent
What the scouts are saying:
"Could contend for a job as a No. 3 quarterback if he learns to refine his passing instincts. Developmental project who may bring the most value as a practice-squad, read-option quarterback. Toughness and competitiveness could translate to the fullback or box safety positions." (Nolan Nawrocki, NFL.com)
"He is a good athlete and a great college player, but not a fit at quarterback for the NFL. Lynch may have to move to safety or wide receiver. He didn't impress at the East-West Shrine and was moderately disappointing at the Combine."(WalterFootball.com)
"His athleticism will definitely be his ally come draft day, as all it takes is one team to be smitten with the prospect of turning this former MACtion star into a serviceable safety, slot receiver, or running back." (SBNation.com)
Fit for the Bears:
Jay Cutler is clearly the Bears' long-term solution at quarterback after signing a massive deal during the offseason. However, the quarterback position is filled with question marks after Cutler. Jordan Palmer is currently No. 2 on Chicago's depth chart, but he's never made an NFL start. At some point, the Bears need to establish an heir apparent behind Cutler, and general manager Phil Emery may end up doing so in May's draft. Jordan Lynch, a Chicago native who had a decorated high school career at Mount Carmel, is one of the most intriguing players in the 2014 NFL Draft. Scouts question if he will stick at quarterback as a switch to running back or wide receiver could be his calling card to an NFL 53-man roster. There's no question that Lynch has the athleticism to make the transition to the pros, but at this point he's not a starting-caliber NFL signal-caller. The Bears have scouted Lynch closely and seem to have interest in the former Northern Illinois star, and there's a chance he lands in the Windy City, but it won't be to backup Cutler.