Bears select speedy White with first-round choice

West Virginia WR Kevin White adds a dimension to the Bears offense.

West Virginia WR Kevin White adds a dimension to the Bears offense.

Looking to add a deep threat to their passing attack, the Chicago Bears tabbed former West Virginia WR Kevin White with the seventh pick of the NFL Draft’s first round Thursday night. White, among the prospects on hand for the festivities, received a thunderous ovation from the partisan Bears crowd at Chicago’s Roosevelt Auditorium.

Here’s the scouting report from The Slant…NFL Draft Guide, www.theslantdraftguide.com

Kevin White, WR, West Virginia…Bears hope for Amari Cooper, but White is a nice consolation prize. Blew it up last season, demonstrating a great size/speed combination and the ability to track the deep ball. Still developing route runner who  has his best football ahead of him. Great at hauling in the contested pass and attacks the ball. Big-time playmaker in 2014. Posted big numbers against top competition, showing consistency game in/game out. Timed well, but doesn’t always appear that fast. Possesses a smooth, gliding style which can be deceptive. Hard worker who earned his way at every level. May develop slowly initially as he adjusts to a more complicated scheme. Will need to learn to beat the jam and improve his technique. Juco transfer who took time to adjust and posted ordinary numbers in 2013 before last year’s breakout campaign. Compares favorably to Alshon Jeffery, but has more speed and should give the Bears a potent 1-2 receiving tandem.

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Bears final mock draft

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As draft day fast approaches, one final look at a possible Chicago Bears mock draft:
First Round,

Kevin White, WR, West Virginia…Bears hope for Amari Cooper, but White is a nice consolation prize. Blew it up last season, demonstrating a great size/speed combination and the ability to track the deep ball. Still developing route runner who  has his best football ahead of him. Juco transfer who took time to adjust and posted ordinary numbers in 2013 before last year’s breakout campaign. Compares favorably to Alshon Jeffery, but has more speed and should give the Bears a potent 1-2 receiving tandem.

Second round,

Nate Orchard, OLB, Utah…Orchard was a dominating pass rusher for the Utes, racking up 18.5 sacks to tie for the lead in all FBS. Not the biggest, but relies on a quick first step, top instincts, and a high-revving motor. Orchard knows how to use his hands and is effective at setting up offensive lineman to gain leverage. Lined up strictly at DE for Utah, but displayed he has the basic skill set to handle OLB duties in a 3-4 during Senior Bowl week. Underappreciated, but productive player with the arrow pointing up.

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Bears Mini-camp: Will Forte or Bennett show?

John Fox gives the Bears experience and leadership at the coaching helm.

John Fox gives the Bears experience and leadership at the coaching helm.

Bears head coach John Fox will get his first opportunity to look at his new team “on the grass” this week when the Bears hold a voluntary mini-camp Tuesday through Thursday. The bigger question for the pre-draft get together is whether offensive cogs Matt Forte and Martellus Bennett will be on hand.

Both Forte and Bennett skipped the first two weeks of the club’s strength and conditioning program. Forte enters the last year of his contract angling for a new deal, and is using what little leverage he has by working out in South Florida instead. Meanwhile, the mercurial Bennett’s absence is more difficult to explain. He emerged as a legitimate Pro Bowler in his second season in Chicago, but marches to the beat of his own drum and has a history of wearing out his welcome in previous stops in Dallas and New York. For his part, Bennett dropped by Halas Hall last week to visit with teammates but didn’t participate in the conditioning drills.