Chicago Bears: 5 UDFAs with the best shot to make the final roster

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Chicago Bears, Ahmad Wagner
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Ahmad Wagner, Wide Reciever/Tight End?

Let’s keep going along the theme of versatility! Ahmad Wagner is a great example of that. After playing basketball at the University of Iowa for three seasons, Wagner decided to transfer to Kentucky and use his last two years of eligibility on football.

Unfortunately for Wagner, he joined a very run-heavy team that completed less than 10 passes on average every game, so Wagner never jumped out in any statistical category. Wagner only caught 15 passes on 42 targets for 254 yards and tied for a team-high two touchdowns.

The thing that made Wagner special was his ability to draw penalties. For starters, he only received four targets in 2018. Three of those, he earned a defensive pass interference. In 2019, he earned 12 more DPIs because of his complete mismatch ability standing at 6′ 5″ weighing 234 pounds. In addition to the size, he could burn you with his 4.54 speed. Teams didn’t know how to cover him except for penalizing him.

Wagner was expected to be a receiving tight end at the next level, but the Bears currently have him listed as a wide receiver. I believe he can excel at either-or, but he may have a better chance of making it on the team in the future as the ‘U’ tight end. He will likely get stuck on the practice squad for this season to learn the offense and develop more.