Bears take a chance on NIU standout Jordan Lynch

Bears take a chance on NIU standout Jordan Lynch
May 10, 2014, 6:45 pm
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Jordan Lynch is staying in Chicago.

After the standout Northern Illinois product was not selected during this weekend's NFL Draft, Lynch tweeted this after the final pick:


While the Bears did not confirm the signing, GM Phil Emery said Lynch's tweet was a "good sign." 

"We certainly enjoyed him when he came here for his visit, that’s for sure," Emery said.

There's no word yet on if the Bears will utilize Lynch as a quarterback. They drafted San Jose State QB David Fales in the sixth round Saturday and already have Jay Cutler and Jordan Palmer on the roster.

"He's a really fine runner," Emery said. "The fact he can throw and throw with accuracy in a short area is good too. You want as many athletes who can do as many things as possible and he certainly presents options that way. But the thing that I was really impressed, I saw him live against Western Michigan, I think he reset his record that night, I think about 320, 326 yards, just his skill as a runner.

"He's got a great set of eyes. He's very instinctive, especially for a quarterback between the tackles. He just knows where to find the soft spots and take that little sidestep and keep grinding forward and keep moving forward while he's making his moves. He's got really good contact balance. He doesn't go down easy. I like all those things."

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Lynch passed for 2,892 yards and rushed for 1,920 as a senior, totaling 47 touchdowns (24 passing, 23 rushing).

He passed for 3,138 yards and 25 TDs as a junior, to go with his 1,815 yards and 19 scores on the ground as he led NIU to the 2013 Orange Bowl.

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Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter has also reportedly signed on with a Bears division rival: