Bears Undrafted Free Agent Review

We analyze in detail each of the Chicago Bears’ 15 undrafted free agents, which includes a potential pipeline passer, a pair of promising offensive linemen and more.

The Chicago Bears signed 15 undrafted free agents following the 2015 NFL Draft.

Here is a full breakdown of each UDFA:

QB Shane Carden, East Carolina (6-2, 218)

Carden was a three-year starter for East Carolina who threw for 11,991 yards, 86 touchdowns and a 144.6 QB rating. He was immensely successful in college, with 63 TDs passes the past two years combined, and is a proven competitive winner. His on-field intelligence and intangibles are above par but he lacks ideal athleticism and arm strength. While his ceiling appears low, Carden’s work ethnic and toughness could be very appealing to an old-school head coach like John Fox.

WR Cameron Meredith, Illinois State (6-3, 207)

In 2014, Meredith had 66 catches for 1,061 yards and 9 TDs. At Northwestern’s Pro Day, which Meredith attended, he ran a mid 4.4 40-yard dash, with a 39-inch vertical jump, 10-7 broad jump, 4.12 short shuttle and 6.71 3-cone. His lack of competition in college is a concern but his size/speed combination is intriguing.

WR Levi Norwood, Baylor (6-2, 200)

Norwood wasn’t a prolific receiver in college but he was a good punt and kick returner. In 2014, he averaged 20.2 yards per kick return and 8.7 yards per punt return, including two touchdowns. He has solid hands as a receiver but he lacks ideal top-end speed, running a 4.57 40-yard dash at his pro day. The Bears are thin at the returner positions, so if Norwood shines he may have the best shot of anyone on this list to earn a spot on the final 53-man roster.

TE Brian Vogler, Alabama (6-7, 263)

Vogler caught 17 passes during his four-year career at Alabama and is a pure blocking tight end. He has very good size and power but lacks technique and balance as an edge blocker.

T Cameron Jefferson, Arkansas (6-5, 317)

After three years as a starter at UNLV, Jefferson transferred to Arkansas his senior year. He played mostly guard for the Running Rebels with starts also at left and right tackle. For the Razorbacks, he was used at tackle, guard, fullback and tight end.

G Chad Hamilton, Coastal Carolina (6-2, 292)

Hamilton was a dominant four-year starter at the FCS level who allowed just two sacks in 433 pass attempts in 2014. He was a first-team AP FCS All-American his senior year. He’s very athletic and has great lateral agility, although he lacks ideal core strength and may be best suited to play center in the NFL. His solid technique and footwork could give him stickiness with the Bears if he’s able to demonstrate strength at the point of attack.

DE Olsen Pierre, Miami (6-5, 300)

Pierre is a pure 5-technique defensive end who shows good power at the point of attack when asked to two-gap. He has good strength and can anchor inside but he struggles with lateral movement and offers nothing as a pass rusher.

LB John Timu, Washington (6-1, 246)

Timu is a smart, instinctive football player with an old-school, aggressive mentality. He’s an on-field leader who lined up the defense and was named team captain as both a junior and senior. Yet he lacks ideal size, speed and power, which his toughness and intelligence may not overcome. He was charged with two misdemeanor counts of second-degree vehicle prowling in March 2014 after stealing two parking passes and selling them to teammates.

LB Jonathan Anderson, TCU (6-1, 231)

A two-year starter for the Horned Frogs, Anderson is undersized with limited production (30 total tackles in 2014). He ran a 4.54 at his pro day with 26 bench-press reps.

CB Qumain Black, East Central (5-10, 188)

Black was a three-year starter for East Central. He has experience as both a kick and punt returner. He ran 4.51 40-yard dash at his pro day.

CB Bryce Callahan, Rice (5-10, 185)

Productive four-year player for Rice – 13 interceptions, 41 pass breakups in his career – Callahan has good instincts and quickness. He lacks ideal size and strength and is best suited to play nickelback at the next level. He ran a 4.47 40-yard dash at his pro day, with a 4.27 short shuttle, a 7.00 3-cone drill, an 11-0 broad jump and a 43-inch vertical jump.

CB Jacoby Glenn, Central Florida (6-0, 179)

Glenn earned All-AAC honors in his two years as a starter for UCF and was named a second-team AP All-American in 2014. He’s a gritty cornerback who plays with passion and is a solid tackler. He has good hands and is aggressive when the ball is in the air. He’s thin, stiff and lacks top-tier speed (4.55) but his love for the game and willingness as a tackler could land him on Chicago’s practice squad.

S Anthony Jefferson, UCLA (6-1, 198)

A cornerback turned safety, Jefferson has good cover skills and should be able to handle NFL tight ends in man sets. He’s tall and smart but he’s very slow (4.72) and may struggle to keep pace at the next level.

K Jeremiah Detmer, Toledo (5-6, 181)

In three years as Toledo’s starting kicker, Detmer converted 65-77 field goal attempts (84.4 percent) and 145 of 151 extra points. He has a big leg on kickoffs.

LS Rick Lovato, Old Dominion (6-2, 235)

Lovato was flawless as a four-year long snapper for Old Dominion.



Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He is in his fifth season covering the Chicago Bears full time. Follow Bear Report on Twitter.

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