On SiriusXM NFL Radio this morning, White said he has visits scheduled with four NFL teams, including the Bears. He’ll also meet with the Jets (6th overall pick), Rams (10th) and Giants (9th). Last week he visited the Titans, who have the 2nd pick in the draft.
White is obviously in high demand after a stellar senior season (109 catches, 1,447 yards, 10 TDs) and an eye-popping performance at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine (4.35 40-yard dash, 23 bench-press reps).
White (6-3, 215) has the size NFL teams covet at wide receiver. He’s a go-get-it pass catcher who high points the ball. He uses his hands very well to beat press coverage and has the top-end speed to tear the roof off opposing defenses.
The Bears are banking on Alshon Jeffery to step into the No. 1 pass catcher role, yet have just Eddie Royal and Marquess Wilson in support. Martellus Bennett provides a quality option down the middle of the field but as the roster currently stands, expect opposing secondaries to focus most of their attention on Jeffery.
Which is what makes White so appealing to the Bears, as he could provide the secondary threat needed to take the weight off Jeffery’s shoulders. In addition, White’s height will help Jay Cutler, who is still prone to passes near the top of the catch radius.
He’s not as polished as Alabama’s Amari Cooper, another Top 10 talent, but White has the highest upside of any receiver in this draft. A JUCO transfer who played just two years of Division I football, White’s best days are ahead of him and could come wearing a navy and orange jersey.
The Raiders (4th overall) and Redskins (5th) are also reportedly interested in White, so there’s a good chance he may not fall to the Bears at 7th overall. But if he does, there’s no doubt new GM Ryan Pace will give the former Mountaineer pass catcher strong consideration as his first ever draft selection.
Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of BearReport.com and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He is in his fifth season covering the Chicago Bears full time. Follow Bear Report on Twitter.