Bears Look for Compliment to Muhammad

If the Bears go away from receiver in the first round, the team will look to add a wideout in round two. Alabama Birmingham's Roddy White has caught the eye Bears GM Jerry Angelo and could be a target with the 39th overall selection.

Despite signing Muhsin Muhammad to a six-year $30 million deal last month, the Bears arguably had the weakest set of wideouts in the NFL last year.

The Bears had the worst passing game in the NFL a year ago. While inconsistent play at quarterback topped the reason why, the lack of a go-to receiver was also a contributing factor to the lack of production. The unit accounted for 111 receptions for 1,561 yards with just three TD catches.

"There were a lot of things that went wrong last year but as you look at everything right now you can really (say) of course receiver still comes up," said head coach Lovie Smith. "We didn't get the production we thought we needed at that position."

Currently it's a three horse race between Justin Gage, Bernard Berrian and Bobby Wade to start opposite of Muhammad. The Bears plan on adding another thoroughbred to the derby in the draft and White could be the entry.

During the combine Angelo went out of his way to mention White when asked about Braylon Edwards and Mike Williams.

"This kid (has) real good size. I think he's going to run exceptionally well and what a talented player he is," Angelo said.

The six-foot-one, 204-pound White turned in a 41-inch vertical jump and 10-6 broad jump during his pro day on Thursday.

The weather in Birmingham was not good and the forties were run in an indoor facility away from campus. White ran his first 40 in a time of 4.47 then clocked a 4.40 on his second turn.

If the Bears decide to go running back with the fourth overall selection, White could be a good long term prospect in round two.

White's a terrific athlete with excellent that's rounding out his game. He caught 65 passes for UAB this past season for 1,339 yards and 13 touchdowns. It marked the second year in a row that White broke the twenty-yard per catch barrier. He also added eight 100-yard receiving games on the year, including a 10-catch, 253-yard game against Tulane.

As is the case with many college receivers, White's biggest adjustment to the pro game is route running.

Although he has a knack for creating separation, by his own self-admission small, quick cornerbacks have given him trouble in the past.

Meaning he will need to get stronger to succeed at the next level to avoid being jammed at the line of scrimmage. He's similar in stature to Berrian, who began to establish himself as a threat as a rookie but struggled with consistency and was a non-factor as a blocker.

White won two state championships as a wrestler in high school, which could make him adept at blocking.


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