The Bears got a developmental QB in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Nathan Enderle from the University of Idaho has a lot of potential.
So much potential that Mike Martz was among 10 talent evaluators to visit University of Idaho’s pro day back in mid-March. Temperatures were in the low 40′s on that day, so you know Martz and the other talent evaluators were interested in this kid Enderle.
Enderle, listed at 6’5″, 240 lbs threw for over 10,000 and 74 touchdowns in his four years at Idaho. Enderle however threw 60 interceptions in that time. Last season, he completed a career high 271 passes for 3314 yards, 22 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.
Enderle is a pocket passer, but doesn’t have the greatest arm. His arm is said to be average, so he will likely use short and intermediate to his advantage. Enderle improved his accuracy every season at Idaho, in 2010 he completed 56.9 percent of passes.
Enderle missed five games in his career at Idaho, three due to a ruptured tendon in his throwing hand (2007) and two due to a shoulder injury (2009).
Where does Enderle fit on the Bears roster?
The Bears likely view Enderle as a developmental quarterback. Jay Cutler is set as the starter once again, an about to be hero, Caleb Hanie is a restricted free-agent and the Bears would be stupid not to bring him back.
With Enderle, Martz gets to develop his first quarterback since coming to the Bears. Martz is a big fan of developing young quarterbacks and Enderle could be the perfect fit since he is a big kid.
It will be interesting to see what the Bears do with Enderle because last year the Bears wasted a sixth-round-pick on Dan LeFevour, who is now with the Bengals.
The Bears have one more selection left today at No. 195, expect them to pick up a CB, LB or WR.
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