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Chicago Bears Sign QB Nick Hill



I don't know much about the kid, but could Southern Illinois QB Nick Hill be the Bears QB of the future? 


Regardless, Hill has signed a free agent deal with the Bears.  Usually a passer picked up as an undrafted free agent doesn't have much chance to  make the roster, but the Bears are currently only carrying two QBs.  I'd hope they bring in a few more guys to fight for the spot.

Nick Hill was on the phone with Buffalo quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt when the Bills were on the clock at No. 251, the second-to-last pick of the draft.

If Buffalo went with offense, Hill was their man. But when the Bills called the name of Pittsburgh cornerback Kennard Cox, Hill said no thanks to their overtures.

His No. 1 goal was to join the Bears, and the Southern Illinois passer agreed to terms on a free-agent deal. The Bears were the ideal fit for the left-hander because they are the only team with only two quarterbacks on their roster, Rex Grossman and Kyle Orton.

"It was really a no-brainer," Hill said. "Your goal is always to get drafted, but I just want to get a shot. I feel really good about the Bears. They were No. 1 on my list going into this." Hill also turned down overtures from Indianapolis, Houston and Washington.


Nick Hill

Height: 6-27/8 | Weight: 219 | 40-Time: 4.84

NFL Draft Countdown:

Strengths: Adequate size and bulk...A very good athlete...Extremely accurate...Can buy time and make plays with his feet...Makes good decisions...Smart with a good football IQ...Very hard worker and a team leader...Is still improving and has some upside.

Weaknesses: Did not play against elite competition...Arm strength is adequate but certainly not special...Doesn't throw the deep ball well...Raw and has a lot of work to do when it comes to his technique and throwing mechanics...Was only a starter for 2 years.

Year GP Comp Att Yds Comp % TD INT
2003 DNP - - - - - -
2004 DNP - - - - - -
2005 4 15 20 288 75% 3 0
2006 13 121 196 1,721 61.7% 15 4
2007 14 258 361 3,175 71.5% 28 7
Totals 31 394 577 5,184 68.3% 46 11