Once one of the top duos in the NFL, the Chicago Bears were left with nothing but one young WR to rely on. WR Brandon Marshall was traded to the New York Jets during the off season after suffering another injury playing for the Bears in 2014, leaving only young WR Alshon Jeffery to be Jay Cutler’s only weapon.
It was a given that the Bears where looking at acquiring a WR in the Draft, hopefully a top one, and they might have done so. With the 7th overall pick they drafted WR Kevin White, widely regarded as one of the best WR in the draft, maybe even the best.
He finished his senior season in West Virginia in fantastic manner with 109 receptions and 1447 yards and was a finalist for the best receiver of the year award. He has a great frame at 6’3″ and great hands. He loves to get after the ball and works hard against cornerbacks to get opened. White works very well after the catch as well, he looks to turn up field immediately and makes it really hard on defenders to bring him down.
He has to fill the shoes of Brandon Marshall however. One of very few wide receivers with 5 total 100 catch season and once doing it 3 consecutive times. 3 seasons with 10+ touchdowns, Marshall has been widely considered one of the most reliable pass catchers in the league. Dealing with injuries last season and the emergence of Alshon Jeffery as a Pro Bowl receiver made things easier for the Bears when it came to parting ways with him.
Kevin White was considered by many to be the best receiver in the draft. Now he has to fill the shoes of one of the best receivers in the NFL. Seems like the perfect fit for a receiver with talent like his.