GM Ryan Pace warned that there would be a lot of Chicago Bears undrafted free agents in 2019. He’s always been a man of his word and has since followed up with easily the biggest class of undrafted players this franchise has had in years. A total of 18 new additions thus far. Not to mention several additional tryout players for their rookie minicamps in May.
As is typical though, it’s difficult to get a gauge on who exactly the Bears have brought into their mix. A lot of undrafted players aren’t widely known. So that’s what this will work to help with. Here is a list of every name they’ve signed to this point, where they come from and a little bit about what they offer the team.
Chicago Bears undrafted free agents list:
Blake Blackmar (OL, Baylor)
A big offensive guard who demonstrates a bit of a nasty streak. Not overly athletic or powerful, but has certain traits worth exploring as a backup.
Mathieu Betts (EDGE, Laval)
A rare Canadian prospect. Betts had interest from American colleges but he chose to stay close to home. There he dominated with 35.5 sacks.
Ellis Richardson (TE, Georgia Southern)
An undersized (6’3, 240 lbs) tight end who played only 13 games the past two years, managing 19 catches for 266 yards and five touchdowns.
Emanuel Hall (WR, Missouri)
Projected as a 4th round pick before the draft, he never heard his name called. Blazing fast with good 6’2 size. Raw as a route runner.
John Barron (K, San Diego State)
Connected on 50 of 60 field goals in college with a long of 54 yards. Has hit kicks in clutch situations and is rare due to be left-footed.
Jonathan Harris (DL, Lindenwood)
Big 6’5 defensive tackle with intriguing physical traits. Finished with 54 tackles and 6 sacks in 2018. Pretty quick for his size with acceleration.
Chuck Harris (DE, Buffalo)
Decent defensive end from Khalil Mack‘s stopping ground who had 6.5 sacks last season. Nice mix of power and length coming off the edge.
Thomas Ives (WR, Colgate)
Local prospect with a rare 6’5 frame who flashed in 2017 with 7 touchdowns. Very raw but has height-weight-speed traits.
John Wirtel (LS, Kansas)
A native of Orlando Park, he was a state champion for Mt. Carmel in high school and had a consistently solid career at Kansas.
Alex Bars (OL, Notre Dame)
College career was marred by injury but is known for his strong technique, good size, power, and is a prominent leader in the locker room.
Marquez Tucker (OL, Southern Utah)
Known for his shorter height and lack of adequate bend. Overcomes it with excellent technique and strength that shows up in pass protection.
Clifton Duck (CB, Appalachian State)
Undersized corner with concerns about his technique and speed but is a big-time ballhawk with 13 interceptions in college.
Lawrence Marshall (DL, Michigan)
Overshadowed his entire career by others. Struggled to get on the field and produce at all. Had talent coming out of high school. Light hasn’t gone on.
Joe Lowery (OL, Ohio)
Big guard known for having a sky high competitive streak and good strength for run blocking. Athleticism to pass protect is a question though.
Dax Raymond (TE, Utah State)
A favorite in the scouting community. Tall 6’5 tight end with surprisingly sharp route running skill and strong hands for making the catch.
Jordan Powell (S, Widener)
Bigger defensive back with nice athletic traits and a nose for the football. He had 6 interceptions in 2017 and is also known for his blitzing prowess.
Joshua Simmons (DB, Limestone)
Tall CB (6’3) with surprising foot quickness and a nose for the football. Had 8 interceptions in 2016, got hurt in 2017, came back in 2018 with 90 tackles.
Dylan Carroll (DE, Grand Valley State)
Athletic defensive end with good size who flashed a lot but lacked consistency. Had 7.5 sacks in 2016. Only 3.5 in final two years.