Bears sign nine UDFAs, including NIU's Lynch

Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch throws during a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

The Bears on Sunday confirmed the signings of nine undrafted rookies, including Northern Illinois QB and Heisman finalist Jordan Lynch.

Chicago also signed Louisville DT Brandon Dunn, Wisconsin OG Ryan Groy, TCU OG James Dunbar, Alabama LB Tana Patrick, Florida State LB Christian Jones, East Carolina DT Lee Pegues, Temple OT Cody Booth, and South Florida LB Devekeyan Lattimore.

Lynch is listed as a running back on the team release. After foregoing adding a linebacker during the draft, the Bears signed three, including Jones, widely considered one of the best prospects to go undrafted.

Jones may be considered the best player of the group. projected him as a second-to-third-round prospect. He is a very athletic, 4-3 outside linebacker who had 56 tackles last year for the national champions.

Groy was a third-to-fourth-round prospect who played in a Wisconsin record 54 games in his career, starting all 13 games at left guard last season.

GM Phil Emery couldn't get into specifics on undrafted players who had yet to sign as of his post-draft press conference Saturday night, but he said there was a lot of talent left from one of the deeper draft classes in recent memory.

"Definitely still were a lot of quality players left on the board," Emery said. "We spent a lot of time between the fourth round, that second fourth-round pick and before the sixth, reworking the board. And then as soon as our second sixth (round) pick was done - because there were a lot of picks between that one and the seventh - reorganizing ourselves and making sure we were on the right players post draft."

The Bears are at their maximum roster limit of 90 players. Their eight draft picks and nine UDFAs will meet for a rookie minicamp at Halas Hall beginning next Friday.

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