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Bishop taken by Cowboys, Lynch signs with Bears

Published: Saturday, May 10, 2014 7:35 p.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, May 10, 2014 9:15 p.m. CDT
(Monica Maschak – mmaschak@shawmedia.com)
Quarterback Jordan Lynch and Safety Jimmie Ward shake hands after winning 30-27 over Iowa at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, August 31, 2013. Lynch agreed to terms with the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent Saturday. Ward was chosen by the 49ers in the first round.

The Dallas Cowboys selected former Northern Illinois defensive tackle Ken Bishop with the 36th pick of the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft Sunday afternoon, while quarterback Jordan Lynch signed with the Bears as an undrafted free agent.

Bishop was one of two Huskies to be drafted this year. Safety Jimmie Ward was taken by the San Francisco 49ers with the 30th pick of the first round. It's the first time NIU has had two players selected since 2007 (Garrett Wolfe and Doug Free).

Bishop, listed at 6 feet, 301 pounds on the NFL's website, was the 251st overall selection. He'll join Free, a starting offensive tackle for the Cowboys, in Dallas.

Bishop, who spent two seasons at NIU as a junior-college transfer, was a first-team All-Mid-American Conference selection in 2013. He finished fourth on the Huskies with 70 tackles, seven tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. He also picked off two passes.

Despite putting together two record-setting seasons as the Huskies' starter and finishing third in the 2013 Heisman Trophy balloting, Lynch was passed over by all 32 teams. Lynch threw for 2,892 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior, and ran for 1,920 yards and 23 touchdowns.

Lynch, who grew up in Chicago's Mount Greenwood neighborhood, will be playing for his hometown team. He had a personal workout for the Bears prior to the draft.

"I think he's a really fine runner. I think the fact he can throw and throw with accuracy in a short area is good too. I think you want as many athletes who can do as many things as possible and he certainly presents options that way," Bears general manager Phil Emery said at his post-draft press conference. "But the thing that I was really impressed with, I saw him live against Western Michigan, I think he reset his record that night, I think about 320, 326 yards (rushing), just his skill as a runner. He's got a great set of eyes. He's very instinctive, especially for a quarterback between the tackles.

"He just knows where to find the soft spots and take that little sidestep and keep grinding forward and keep moving forward while he's making his moves. He's got really good contact balance. He doesn't go down easy. I like all those things."

If Lynch is going to get a shot at quarterback, he'll have his share of competition. Jay Cutler is entrenched as the Bears' starter signed a contract extension during the offseason.

The Bears also have three other quarterbacks on their roster – Jerrod Johnson, Jordan Palmer and David Fales, who they drafted in the sixth round on Saturday.

There's also a chance Lynch, with his tremendous athletic ability, could move to another position such as running back or defensive back.

• Kevin Fishbain contributed to this report

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