Scouting Report: Undrafted Free Agents

Here's a closer look at five of the ten players the Bears inked following the draft, including two kickers that will be expected to challenge Paul Edinger.

Nick Novak School: Maryland Pos: PK
Ht: 5-11.5 Wt: 185 40: 5.01 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Four-year starter who connected on 72.7% of his field goals last season with a long of 47 yards. Also averaged 62.2 yards on 45 kickoffs. Has a career long of 51 yards

Pos: Accurate field goal kicker who places the ball through the upright with room to spare. Can hit from long range during the games important minutes.

Neg: Only average leg strength kicking off.

Analysis: An adequate kicker, Novack, improved his consistency as a senior, yet may lack the pure leg strength to become a starter at the next level.

Tyler Jones School: Boise State
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 201 40: 5.05 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Former walk-on awarded All-Conference honors the past two seasons as well as being named All-American as a senior. Connected on 88.9% of his field goals last year, with a long of 48 yards. Also averaged 62 yards on 105 kick offs, with 36 being called for touchbacks. Has a career long field goal of 52 yards.

Positives: Big legged kicker who consistently gets the ball through the end zone from the college mark. Drives the ball off the tee and rarely has kick offs returned. Kicked well at the Combine hitting on 66% of his field goal attempts outside of 45 yards. Also booted a kick off 70 yards.

Negatives: Gets marginal hang time on his kicks and line drives the ball.

Analysis: A prospect with good potential for the next level, Jones must improve the hang time of his kick offs and slightly improve the accuracy of his long range field goals. Solid late round pick who could develop into a team's starting kicker two seasons down the road.

Jonathan Jackson School: Oklahoma
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 245 40: 4.65 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter who posted 37/10/8 as a senior. Burst onto the scene as a sophomore when he totaled 56/12/6.

Positives: Athletic collegiate defensive end who projects nicely to outside linebacker in a 34 defense. Disciplined, displays good instincts and makes plays in all directions. Breaks down well, rarely off his feet and moves laterally with speed. Plays with excellent pad level, keeps his feet moving and quickly alters his angle of attack. Gives top hustle, fast off the edge and effective in space.

Negatives: Lacks top first step quickness. Easily handled at the point by a single blocker or taken out by tight ends.

Analysis: After an outstanding sophomore campaign, Jackson's play seemingly leveled off the past two seasons. Fell out of favor with scouts yet a legitimate prospect whose athleticism gives him a good degree of upside potential.

Greg Pauly School: Notre Dame
Ht: 6-5.5 Wt: 296 40: 5.09 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Became a full-time starter as a senior after rotating with the first unit the prior two years. Posted 37/5.5/1 as a senior after 20/2.5/2 the prior year.

Positives: Hard-working tackle who clogs the middle of the line in run defense. Keeps his pads low, gets leverage on opponents and quick with his hands. Protects himself from opponents and comes free to make the tackle. Occupies blockers and gives linebackers a free shot at the ball carrier.

Negatives: Lacks bulk on the inside and removed from the play by a single blocker. Does not possess an explosive first step off the snap.

Analysis: A limited athlete with marginal speed and adequate size, Pauly offers growth potential, which must be met before he can be considered as a true NFL prospect.

Sean Poole School: Michigan State
Ht: 6-6 Wt: 285 40: 5.35 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Four-year starter used at both left and right tackle.

Positives: Hard-working position blocker who uses all his assets to the maximum. Stays square and anchors at the point in pass protection or walls defenders from the running game. Patient, strong upper body and jolts opponents with his hands. Keeps his feet moving throughout the play and mentally alert. Sets with a wide base, bends his knees and gets movement from run blocks. Effectively uses blocking angles.

Negatives: Lacks balance and has difficulty stopping speedy edge rushers. Has difficulty finishing blocks.

Analysis: A well-sized blocker with growth potential, Poole's improved play as a senior now gives him a legitimate chance to backup at the next level. Best as a strong side tackle yet must increase his body mass and strength.


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