The nickel position is thin on known quantities behind Buster Skrine, and at corner, Stephen Denmark faces a significant uphill battle with Kevin Toliver, who's coming off a quietly productive UDFA
campaign and subsequent offseason.
Is Raymond the Bears' UDFA
everyone should be watching this season?
Horsted joins fellow rookie, UDFA Dax Raymond, who received a team-high $45,000 contract as a college free agent, as new challengers to incumbents Adam Shaheen and Ben Braunecker, like Horsted a former Ivy leaguer, behind starter Trey Burton.
Although Raymond has generated a lot of excitement in part of the Bears' talented UDFA class, he doesn't have the kind of receiving credentials as Horsted, an Ivy league Offensive Player of the Year finalist last season, when he ranked sixth in the FCS in TD catches (13) and finished 7th and 12th with 7.2 catches and 104.7 receiving yards per game, respectively.
Just as the Bears' five-man draft class is among the smallest in the NFL, they'll likely have one of its bigger UDFA crops -- and, from the looks of it, perhaps one of its best, too.
The UDFA class also is expected to include a pair of Notre Dame blockers and former pupils of Bears offensive line coach Harry Hiestand -- guard Alex Bars and center Sam Mustipher.
The race to sign undrafted free agents is both frenzied and fluid, so we'll update this story once the UDFA class is officially announced, but of the signings, in addition to Hall, PFW graded Raymond, Mustipher, Bars and Harris as draftable prospects in the 2019 Draft Guide.
3, and while many of us thought UDFA
Ryan Nall was exciting in the preseason, he's the same style back as Howard and that appears to be Nagy's problem with him.