Impression of Jordan Lynch at NIU...................

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  1. soulman

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    WCG did a series of interviews with the most in the know college sources about Bears draftees and UDFAs. I thought they would be interesting to view and discuss. So with thanks to WCG and their staff here's one about RB/QB Jordan Lynch.

    Five Questions With Hustle Belt about Jordan Lynch

    By Lester A. Wiltfong Jr. @wiltfongjr on May 20 2014, 11:00a 34
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    We're going to pay a visit to the SB Nation college sites of the Chicago Bears rookie class to gain some insight on the newest Bears. Today we'll talk to Alex Alvarado, Editor at Hustle Belt, about undrafted free agent Jordan Lynch, formerly of the Northern Illinois University Huskies.

    One of the neat things about being part of SB Nation is the access we have to their various experts throughout the network. If we want more details about the Chicago Bears' next opponent, we'll talk to one of our sister sites. If we want the skinny on the NFL Draft, we'll hit up our draft editor. And if we want some insight on the latest rookie class for the Chicago Bears, we'll go straight to the site that has covered their entire collegiate career.

    Recently we had the chance to speak with Alex Alvarado about Chicago Bears hopeful Jordan Lynch. Alex is an Editor of Hustle Belt, and they cover all things MAC. Last season the NIU Huskies, led by quarterback Jordan Lynch, went 8-0 in the West division of the MAC. The Chicago Bears signed Lynch as a priority free agent after the draft, and intend to change his position to running back.

    I also partook in a Q&A with Hustle Belt about Lynch's chances with the Bears, and you can find that by clicking here.

    Windy City Gridiron - Jordan Lynch seemed to have embraced a position change to running back, whereas some other quarterbacks known for their running skills have fought the move. Was Lynch really that poor a QB prospect, or is he just smart enough to know his best chance at an NFL roster?

    Alex Alvarado - Personally, I think there's this stigma about quarterbacks that can run. If you're a quarterback that can run in college, then everybody thinks you're better off at running back or receiver. Obviously, Lynch was hit with that. As much as I wish he would've been given the chance to play quarterback instead, he'd be stupid not to sign with his hometown team.

    Windy City Gridiron - Do you think Lynch has the quickness and speed to play tailback or would he be wise to bulk up for a fullback or H-Back role?

    Alex Alvarado - I'm going to take the latter on this one. Not saying he's slow or anything, but he's a physical dude. Bulking up to run through a defender, rather than run around, would just make him better at what he already does fairly well.

    Windy City Gridiron - Some games it really seemed Lynch willed his team to win; do you think that kind of leadership can translate with his move away from quarterback?

    Alex Alvarado - He really did put the team on his back a lot, but his Huskies team wouldn't have won those games if the NIU defense (with a pair of Draftees) didn't do their job. On offense, Lynch is a one-man band and loved by his teammates/community. The kid's humble, and I'm certain that he's just more thankful for the opportunity to play at the professional level than he's worried about which position he plays.

    Windy City Gridiron - Some people see all those rushing yards from Lynch and assume he's racking them up on scrambles, how often was his number called on designed runs?

    Alex Alvarado - I don't have the stat for that, but my intuition is saying that more than most of his carries were on designed runs. Chandler Harnish (the NIU QB before Lynch) was a scrambler, too. I'm sure that there's a few chapters in their playbook that has pass plays where they say "if the X and Y receivers are covered, run it."

    Windy City Gridiron - Do you think Jordan Lynch has a chance to make it in the NFL as a running back?

    Alex Alvarado - I think if he isn't very established at running back this year, then he won't have very many opportunities to play in the NFL in the future. Nobody's asking the kid to start ahead of Matt Forte, but I think that Lynch's chances to be successful and have a good 5-or-so year career in the NFL is better than I'm willing to give him credit for. I can be such a pessimist sometimes.

    Thanks again to Alex Alvarado from Hustle Belt!
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    We've all debated this kid a lot but I have a feeling he's one of those guys a team really looks hard to find a way to keep around. He may not be the fastest RB around but he's a tough runner and a smart enough and good enough football player that even with his limitations as a passer he was still a runner up in the Heisman voting. The bottom line with him is that he's a very good football player who'll do what it takes to succeed and play in the NFL.

    His key to finding a roster spot this year is by becoming a STeams demon and a guy they can use in a number of different ways offensively. He'll probably be one of the guys who hangs in there until the final cut and will make it as hard as he can for the team to release him. If they do and try to sneak him onto the PS there's a good chance somebody else will pick him up for theirs. If a team needs a guy who might be able to backup as a read option QB they may take a chance on him.

    IMHO his best chance of sticking is to become a modern day Matt Suhey type of RB. Kind of a "tweener" FB/RB who can lead block, catch and take some carries. A more current comparison would be the Packers John Kuhn although Kuhn is a much bigger guy. You just know that Lynch has that same ability to gain a local following and become a specialty offensive player much like Kuhn is for the Pack and they resigned him this year proving that guys like him do have a place in the NFL.

    If Lynch can become that kind of tough hard nosed throwback kind of guy he can stick but only if he can prove his worth on STeams to begin with. He won't beat out Fiametta at FB and Ford has an big edge on him from a standpoint of speed and experience so it won't be easy to overcome that either. Unless Carey or Ford are injured in the preseason it's almost like the Bears will have to keep him as a 4th RB and STeams guy much like they did with out own AP for a few years.

    Lynch is 6' and 220lb and he has a stocky solid build. How much more weight he could put on without it affecting his already somewhat pokey 4.7 speed I don't know but if he can then his best shot at sticking around may be as a power back and a pass catching HBack. One way of the other I'm gonna be pulling for the kid to make it because he's got heart and the right attitude.
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    Ha, Soul, the first thought that entered my mind regarding Lynch was that he could be a modern version of Matt Suhey. Weird that we both thought about that.
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    Great minds think alike. :rofl2: Now I'm thinking of a way to ensure that the entire LA Kings team comes down with irritable bowel syndrome at about 7:00 PM tomorrow night. :10 4 1[1]: That oughta make line changes a little dicey.

    I think in order for Lynch to become that Matt Suhey type in this era he'd need to gain another 10-12 lbs and play around 230lbs. If he can do that I think he'd be better off.

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