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Chicago Bears pick Kevin White: how the new wide receiver fits in

Is the Kevin White pick a good fit for the Bears?

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Many expected the Bears to focus on defense early, even at the expense of missing an offensive playmaker. John Fox (and obviously, Vic Fangio) focus on the defensive side of things, and the general consensus in Chicago was that Ryan Pace would shoot for a return to "Monsters of the Midway" status sooner rather than later, and would likely pursue defensive playmakers at the expense of everything else, harkening back to the glory days of Lovie Smith. It is therefore refreshing to see them go after high-ceiling offensive talent in West Virginia's Kevin White.

While Amari Cooper is the consensus best wide receiver in the draft, picking between Cooper and White is probably splitting hairs. Cooper is a little shorter and a little shiftier, and may have slightly better hands, but White is the bigger, more physical player, and actually ran a faster 40 than Cooper at the combine. While he doesn't change direction like Cooper (few do) he's no slouch agility-wise either, and showed polish as a route-runner. He also consistently punished corners with his power, and shouldn't have any trouble getting clean releases.

He is, perhaps more importantly for the Bears, a good fit for Cutler, who has shown to be most comfortable with big, physical targets. White is adept at fighting for the ball, be it on deep routes or short hitches, and that is an excellent skill to have when Jay Cutler is throwing you the ball. Cutler is likely the starter for at least another year and more likely the next two, and White and Jeffery should prove to be a formidable duo.

Fox and Fangio have a daunting challenge ahead in fixing the Bear defense. They need to add talent and they know it. But they are also excellent defensive coaches who are capable of producing adequate defense from less than stellar talent, and it's interesting to see a defensive-minded Bear team realize that they cannot simply ignore offense, especially when the best player left on the board is an offensive player. The days of drafting Shea McClellin in the first round appear to be over in Chicago. That itself is enough reason for the Bear faithful to celebrate.