UDFA Analysis: QB Nick Hill

The Chicago Bears ignored the QB position entirely on draft weekend, but they quickly signed Southern Illinois signal-caller Nick Hill as an undrafted free agent. Does he have any chance to make the team as a third-stringer behind Rex Grossman and Kyle Orton? We break down the former Saluki ...

QB Nick Hill – Southern Illinois

The numbers: 6-3, 219 pounds, and 4.83 seconds in the 40-yard dash. In 31 games, completed 394 passes on 577 attempts (68.3%) for 5,184 yards with 46 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

The skinny: Hill is a very good athlete with adequate height and just enough size to play the position, plus he's quite accurate on his throws and displays a high football IQ. He can keep plays alive with his mobility both in and out of the pocket, and he usually makes good decisions in the passing game. However, he did most of his damage against inferior collegiate competition, and his sloppy mechanics will need a lot of work at the next level.

The analysis: It's incomprehensible that general manager Jerry Angelo didn't select a quarterback despite 12 picks in the draft's seven rounds, which adds fuel to the fire that he's not a very good evaluator of the talent he already has on hand at Halas Hall. Both Rex Grossman and Kyle Orton would be backups on most every team in the league, yet Angelo and Co. must still be convinced that they're good enough to get the job done after passing on the likes of Brian Brohm of Louisville and Chad Henne of Michigan in the second round Saturday. Hill doesn't seem to be a great fit in Chicago, as his skills will translate best to a short- and medium-range system while offensive coordinator Ron Turner prefers to get the ball down the field.

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John Crist is the Publisher of Bear Report and a member of the Professional Football Writers of America. To read him every day, visit BearReport.com and become a Chicago Bears insider.


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