Rutgers’ Harrison among Bears undrafted free agents

Rutgers WR Mark Harrison spent time training with the Bears Brandon Marshall.

Rutgers WR Mark Harrison spent time training with the Bears Brandon Marshall.

Trying to find a gem in the scores of college football players that go undrafted, the Chicago Bears announced the signing of ten undrafted free agents.

Perhaps the biggest name is former Rutgers WR Mark Harrison, who had the dubious distinction of being implicated in the hotel room trashing at February’s scouting combine along with former Clemson star DeAndre Hopkins. Harrison, who spent time prior to the draft working out alongside the Bears Brandon Marshall, carried a draftable grade, though the hotel room incident may have turned off some clubs. The Slant…2013 NFL Draft Guide issued the following scouting report. “Harrison hasn’t always lived up to his measurables, and has had some ups and downs throughout his career at Rutgers. Still, his blend of size and athletic ability will result in some team taking a flier on him. He worked out with Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall in preparation for the scouting combine and individual workouts. Harrison is hoping that some of Marshall’s best traits, competitiveness, dependable hands, body control rub off on him. Harrison needs to develop better overall consistency, in his technique, routes, and hands to be taken seriously in the NFL. Has some upside, although he’s never been terribly productive. Seventh round/priority free agent.”

Besides Harrison, the Bears inked the following undrafted free agents:

Michael Ford RB LSU

Demontre Hurst CB Oklahoma

Josh Lenz WR Iowa State

Patrick “P.J.” Lonergan C LSU

Zach Minter DT Montana State

Marcus Rucker WR Memphis

Brent Russell DT Georgia Southern

Tress Way P Oklahoma

Curtis “C.J.” Wilson CB NC State

Lonergan is an interesting player to keep an eye on as well.  The Slant had this to say about the former LSU Tiger. “Strong, intelligent pivot man with good length and the tenacity you want at the position. Sustains through the whistle with multiple punches and churning feet, does not back down from any challenge. Flashes the feet to re-direct tackles crossing his face. Handles reach blocks adeptly after the snap. Gives good help to either guard, good extension into his punches to knock tackles off their route. Keeps feet moving in short-yardage situations to get movement. Willing to play hurt when possible.”

Several other players will be invited on a tryout basis to the Bears rookie mini-camp May 10-12.

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