Third Stringer in the Fifth

Foregoing needs at cornerback, linebacker and wide receiver, the Chicago Bears selected former Idaho QB Nathan Enderle with the 160th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Chicago selected Idaho quarterback Nathan Enderle (6-4, 240) as the team's fifth round pick. The 157th overall pick in the 2011 draft, Enderle offers size, intelligence and a strong arm.

"We all feel that Enderle has tremendous potential as a quarterback," Tim Ruskell told the media immediately after the pick was made. "He has all the intangibles. Mike Martz worked him out and fell for him. We feel that he 's the type of player who looks good coming off the bus. Several players were available who had traits we were looking for once we got to this pick, it was a consensus to go with Nathan."

During his last season at Idaho, Enderle had a 55 percent completion rate, but Ruskell attributed that to the loss of a number of experienced players on offense. In 2009, Enderle led Idaho to an eight-win season, including a victory over Bowling Green in the Humanitarian Bowl.

Enderle started for Idaho as a redshirt freshman. In 37 starts he amassed 8,181 total yards and 62 touchdowns, ranking fourth in school history. Idaho's nationally ranked offense generated an average of 451.38 yards per game.

Enderle is from North Platte, Nebraska and was an Art and Architecture major at Idaho.


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