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Meet the UDFA: Alex Bars

The Bears may be getting a steal in the former Notre Dame offensive lineman.
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Photo: ISD/Rick Kimball

Photo: ISD/Rick Kimball

The Chicago Bears found some talent that will not have to travel too far from his former stomping grounds. Alex Bars is a product of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Over the last few years, Notre Dame has produced talented NFL offensive linemen. Bars has the right build to play anywhere on the line at 6'6" 312 lbs.

He will reunite with his former offensive line coach, Harry Hiestand, who will be starting his second season as the Bears offensive line coach. Coming out of high school, Bars was a top-100 prospect. His first action came in 2015 as a redshirt freshman, when he appeared in six games and started two of those at left guard.


In 2016, he started all 12 games at right tackle. Bars was part of an offensive line that was able to help the Irish offense average 417.6 yards per game. He was able to start all 13 games in 2017. During a total of 830 offensive snaps Bars only allowed one sack, one quarterback hit, and nine quarterback hurries.

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After seeing these numbers, you may wonder how he went undrafted. Unfortunately, his 2018 season was cut short after five games due to an ACL/MCL injury. Bars started all five of those games he did play in at left guard as a team captain. Through all of this, the player the Bears are getting is one that is able to fill in at a position of need. His experience at multiple positions on the offensive line will help him. Also, having his former coach here will allow him to be used the right way.


Notre Dame has brought productive talent to the NFL through the last few years, will Alex Bars continue the trend?

Featured Photo: ISD/Rick Kimball