Bears select WR Kevin White in 1st round

The Chicago Bears have selected former West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White with the seventh overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

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Kevin White
West Virginia / 6'3 / 215 lbs
  • WR
  • [1] #7

Analysis

This former junior college standout had a killer two year run in Morgantown where he caught 144 passes for 1,954 yards and scored 15 touchdowns. White had a terrific pre-draft during the off-season, running 4.35 [forty] in Indy at combine. He has good size (6-3/215) and explosiveness for this position. White is a deep threat and also a physical wide receiver. He’s also stout after the catch, though he’s not much of a shake and bake guy. White is more power than finesse with the ball in his hands.

Dave-Te' Thomas Player Evaluation

The Chicago Bears went the safe route in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, selecting former West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White with the seventh overall pick.

White was easily the best player available at that point in the draft, with Leonard Williams coming off the board one pick earlier to the New York Jets.

The Bears needed to replace Brandon Marshall and White has the highest upside of any receiver in this year’s class. He’s 6-3, 215 pounds and ran a 4.35 40-yard dash at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine.

White was highly productive his senior year, catching 109 passes for 1,447 yards. He was named a first-team All-American by multiple media outlets and named first-team All-Big 12. He was the Mountaineers’ offensive MVP and a Belitnikoff Award finalist.

White will line up alongside Alshon Jeffery to give the Bears a powerful one-two punch at wide receiver.

To select White, the Bears passed on Clemson OLB Vic Beasley, arguably the best edge rusher in this year’s class, who was taken by the Atlanta Falcons with the next pick in the draft.

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