By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Chicago Bears have drafted West Virginia Mountaineers wide receiver Kevin White with their seventh overall pick in the draft Thursday night. The selection, which was made by new general manager Ryan Pace, was made to go with a play-making receiver to try to erase the impact of the loss of Brandon Marshall.
“I’ve never had anything given to me, not even at high school or junior college,” White said. “I had to earn everything. Every time I get the opportunity, I made the most of it.”
The 6-foot-3 wideout was dominating in his two seasons with the Mountaineers. He transferred to the Division I school after attending Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
As a senior with the Mountaineers, he was third in the nation with a 109 receptions and had 1,447 yards, which was sixth in the nation in yards.
Once he started to receive playing time in Dana Holgorsen’s offense, he started to shine and receive more playing time.
He drew little interest from Division 1 schools, before West Virginia gave him the opportunity of a lifetime.
“He told that story when he was here, and that is an impressive path that he took,” Pace added. “And you just see this guy every year, climbing, climbing, climbing, and this year was dynamic. That was impressive.”
White was in a battle with Amari Cooper, as the top wide receiver prospect going into the 2015 NFL Draft. Cooper was drafted by the Oakland Raiders with the fourth overall pick.
With White out of the way, the Bears will have some time before their next selection on Friday. The NFL draft will continue with the second and third rounds on Friday night, with the Bears holding the 39th and 71st picks in those rounds.
The Bears are hoping that with the addition of White and the hiring of John Fox and Adam Gase on the offensive side of the ball, things can turn around from their 5-11 season last year.
The team is hoping that Alshon Jeffrey can be the team’s top offensive weapon with White being his opposite wideout. White, had seven straight 100-yard receiving games to begin the 2014 season.
He also had 16 receptions against the Texans Longhorns on Nov. 8th.
“In my mind, we just got Jay another dynamic weapon,” Pace mentioned. “That’s what I’m excited about. I hope right now he’s fired up because we just gave him another powerful weapon. With this receiving corps, this only adds to Jay’s ability to distribute the ball.”
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