Bears Grab West Virginia WR Kevin White With 7th Pick in NFL Draft

2015 NFL Scouting Combine

The Bears have a new weapon for whatever QB is going to throw the ball this season, as the team took WVU WR Kevin White with the 6th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Here’s a scouting report on White, who is going to add pop to an offense that lost Brandon Marshall this offseason in a trade to the Jets, who passed on White with the 5th pick.

Entering the 2014 season, White wasn’t on the radar nationally as one of the top receivers in college football. He started out his college career at Lackawanna College and transferred to West Virginia as a junior. In his first season for the Mountaineers, White had only 35 receptions for 507 yards with five touchdowns.

The senior took his game to another level in 2014 as he totaled 109 receptions for 1,447 yards and 10 touchdowns. White ripped off a series of huge games before double-coverage slowed down his production in the latter portion of the season. Still, he made an impact and moved the chains for his offense.

White was a Combine star. He checked in bigger than expected and had one of the fastest 40 times of any wide receiver. White caused a stir when he clocked a 4.35-second 40-yard dash. That was faster than expected and illustrated that White has the speed to stretch a defense vertically.

For the NFL, White is a future No. 1 receiver who could lead a potent passing attack. He has a unique combination of size and speed. White consistently achieved separation for West Virginia, yet he also made contested catches with the strength to outfight defensive backs for the ball. White can get downfield quickly while beating cornerbacks with his speed and burn defenses for long touchdowns. He’s too fast for safeties, and corners struggle to run with him as he easily gets separation out of his breaks. White is a deep-threat receiver who has the ability to work all levels of the field.

White is dangerous with the ball in his hands with the ability to take a slant to the house with his speed and open-field running skills. He ran a lot of routes that are staples of the West Coast offense, but could also fit in a vertical pro-style system. White has solid hands with good body control to work the sidelines. He will be an asset on the back-shoulder throws that are popular in the NFL.

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One Response to “Bears Grab West Virginia WR Kevin White With 7th Pick in NFL Draft”

  1. B.J. Rassam says:

    I don’t know that the largest need for the Bears was a WR, interesting move. Time will tell if it was a good decision or not.

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