UDFA Analysis: Joel Stelly

Joel Stelly was one of only seven specialists that TFY Draft Preview reviewed this year. The Bears got their competition for Brad Maynard by signing Stelly after the draft. See what TFY Draft Preview had to say about undrafted rookie free agent and why his stock fell below the seventh round.

The Bears were disappointed with the way Maynard finished the season. Coming off a career year in 2004, his numbers plummeted last season. He netted 3.4 yards less per attempt, while placing just 24 punts inside the 20 compared to 11 touchbacks.

The low point came in the playoff loss to Carolina, when Maynard had two attempts go less than 20 yards. Management was openly critical of Maynard in the off-season and vowed to find someone to push the 10-year veteran in training camp.

Stelly has shown the ability to boom the ball in his brief stint with the Bears, but his accuracy and consistency leave something to be desired. The six-foot-1, 221-pounder will have to prove he can be counted on under pressure.

Here's what TFY Draft Preview had to say about Stelly coming out of Louisiana-Monroe.

TFY Draft Preview Scouting Report
Three-year starter and All-Conference selection since his sophomore campaign. Averaged 44.6 yards on 59 punts last season with a long of 65 yards. Averaged 45.1 yards a punt as a junior. Used as the team's kickoff specialist.

Positive: Consistent punter with an NFL leg. Gets solid hang time and can kick in a jam. Possesses an adequate kickoff leg, getting kicks near the goal line from the NFL mark.

Negative: Does not stand out in any aspect of the game. Marginal directional punter.

Analysis: Reliable since his sophomore campaign, Steely comes off a solid combine and will get consideration in the late rounds.

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