A quick riser up boards as the draft process moved on, former West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White heard his name called with the seventh pick of the 2015 NFL draft. White will now join a wide receiver group with the Chicago Bears that already includes Alshon Jeffery, formulating a solid core of pass-catching options for Jay Cutler.
It’s not necessarily a surprise that White heard his name called this early. He had even taken over for Alabama’s Amari Cooper as the top receiver in the class, according to some big boards.
The 6’3″, 215-pound receiver has the ideal frame to be a true No. 1 receiver in the NFL. He does a tremendous job going up for the ball and making plays over the top of defensive backs. That’s a valued commodity in the NFL today, especially in the red zone. It will also help the Bears improve when it counts the most on third down and as they inch closer to the opposing team’s goal line.
White, who played two seasons Morgantown after being a JUCO transfer, recorded 109 receptions for 1,447 yards and 10 touchdowns this past year. If he can come anywhere near duplicating those latter two numbers in 2015, the Bears will be in a good position.
However, it is interesting that this team didn’t focus on a player in its defensive front seven. After all, John Fox and new coordinator Vic Fangio are making the transition to a 3-4 scheme.
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