Record-setting Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch wasn’t drafted this weekend during the course of the 2014 NFL Draft, however immediately following the event he signed a free-agent deal to stay in the state of Illinois with the Chicago Bears.
Part of the reason that Lynch fell out of the drafted group was because not many teams knew what they could do with him. Despite his amazing success with the Huskies in college, which included a trip to the Orange Bowl, his skill set doesn’t translate into what teams look for out of an NFL quarterback.
What his skill set does bring to the table though is the ability to run the ball. Throughout his collegiate career, Lynch rushed for over 4,000 yards as a signal caller, which is absolutely absurd.
This is why, according to the Chicago Tribune, the Bears will more than likely use Lynch out of the backfield, especially in short-yardage situations, especially since GM Phil Emery pointed out that Lynch’s ability to run the ball is what caught the eye of the Bears.
“You want as many athletes who can do as many things as possible, and he certainly presents options that way,” Emery said Saturday. “But the thing that I was really impressed with (was) just his skill as a runner.”
After cutting Michael Bush, the Bears could definitely use the help in those situations, and with Lynch’s determination to make it in the league, they may have found a suitable replacement.