Kevin White was selected with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. He was expected to step in as a rookie immediately and be an impact piece for the Bears last season. Unfortunately, an injury forced him to miss the entire season.
Looking ahead to 2016, White will immediately step into stardom for the Bears after a season of watching and learning from the sideline.
Standing in at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, White will be a perfect fit across from Alshon Jeffery. Chicago will have two of the most athletic and physical receivers in the entire NFL. White has been compared to Julio Jones in the past and will not disappoint the Bears and the fans who have been waiting to see him play over the past year.
Looking back at his 2014 college season with the West Virginia Mountaineers, White put up superstar numbers. He caught 109 passes for 1,447 yards and 10 touchdowns throughout the season. White was one of the most feared playmakers in the nation, and no opposing defense was able to shut him down.
There are not many players who are as reckless as White currently in the league. He will put his body on the line to make a play for his team. That was seen time and time again at West Virginia.
His work ethic is something that no one can question after seeing the hard work that he put in to work his way up to the No. 7 overall pick. At one point in his college career, White had zero chance to be an NFL pick. He worked hard and was able to join the Mountaineers, but the hard work didn't stop there.
Throughout his two years with the Mountaineers, White made leaps almost every week. He seemed to come back better and more determined than he was the previous week.
Jay Cutler and the Bears run an offense that will fit perfectly into White's skill-set. He will be asked to be a deep threat for the Bears, but they will also use his big body and speed over the middle. There are no defenders big enough to knock him off his trajectory and there are even fewer that can leap with him down the field.
Everything has lined up perfectly for White to be a star the first game he steps on the field. Learning from the sideline has helped many young players in the past and it will be extremely valuable to White as well. Chicago fans should be excited to see their young receiver take the field this season.
John Fox and the Bears may have finished last season with a 6-10 record and last in the NFC North, but they will bounce back this season. They may not end up in the playoffs this season, but they won't be a pushover. Having a threat like White will help their offense in a big way, and the rest of the NFC should be prepared for a prolific, high-flying offense with White and Jeffery together.
Do you think that Kevin White will come back from his injury last season to stardom in 2016? What kind of season are you expecting from him and do you believe that he can develop into a superstar in the coming years? Let us know in the comment box below!
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