Former Northern Illinois wide receiver Willie Clark was passed over in the NFL Draft, and wasn’t given a shot as an undrafted free agent.
He’s still getting an opportunity to hook on with an NFL team.
The Bears have invited Clark to this weekend’s minicamp at Halas Hall in Lake Forest. If the Bears like what they see from Clark at the camp, which takes place Thursday through Sunday, he’ll be brought on as a free agent.
The Roselle native finished with 18 catches for 292 yards and four touchdowns this past season. Clark, who is listed at 6-1, 210 pounds on NIU’s website, had his best season as a junior in 2010, catching 42 balls for 602 yards and seven touchdowns.
In April, Clark participated in a local tryout camp at Halas Hall. The Bears liked Clark enough to reach out to him after the draft and bring him into minicamp.
“I think they saw my ability to catch the ball,” Clark said. “That’s definitely one of my strengths.”
Clark had pre-draft workouts with the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He said that the Bears were the only team to contact him after the draft.
As someone who grew up a Bears fan, Clark is happy to get an opportunity with Chicago.
“It’s a good feeling. It’s good to be wanted by your hometown team,” he said. “I’m going in there and I’m going to do what I can do. Hopefully they give me a shot.”
Should Clark be signed as an undrafted free agent, he’ll join five other Huskies who signed with NFL teams after the draft. They are center Scott Wedige (Arizona), fullback Cameron Bell (San Francisco), linebacker Pat Schiller (Atlanta), tackle Trevor Olson (Tampa Bay) and wide receiver Nathan Palmer (San Francisco).