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Bears sign Virginia LB Charles Snowden as UDFA

The Bears appear to have made a splash in free agency.

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The Bears have made a splash in undrafted free agency, signing Virginia linebacker Charles Snowden after the conclusion of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Snowden leaves Virginia with 191 total tackles, 30.5 tackles for a loss and 15 sacks in his collegiate career. A three-year starter for the Cavaliers, he possesses insane length at 6-foot-6 and 243 pounds for a player who primarily played as an off-ball linebacker in college.

He was invited to the Senior Bowl but was unable to participate in on-field activities due to a season-ending ankle injury suffered in November, which presumably led to his becoming undrafted this year.

While raw from an instinctual perspective in space, Snowden’s raw length and athletic ability is certainly enticing for a linebacker. He could project as an edge rusher at the next level, depending on if a team thinks he can bulk up a little bit. He’s a willing blitzer who can hold his own off the edge with speed and long arms.

Snowden held a Round 4 grade on my big board and was my No. 131 rated prospect.