2015 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year: Top Ten Candidates

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8. Kevin White, WR, Chicago Bears

Nov 1, 2014; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers wide receiver Kevin White (11) runs with ball after a catch during the first quarter against the TCU Horned Frogs at Milan Puskar Stadium. TCU Horned Frogs defeated West Virginia Mountaineers 31-30. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

When it comes to pure skills, athleticism and upside, there may not be a player in this draft class who even rivals Kevin White. His combination of size (6-foot-2, 215 pounds), speed, strength and athleticism are what dreams are made of at the wide receiver position. His upside with the Chicago Bears in the NFL is seemingly unlimited.

That being said, his skills are a bit raw. White went the JUCO route before ending up at West Virginia. He showed some promise during his junior season, but did not make a strong impact on the field until his senior season of 2014. While I am a huge believer in White’s skills and abilities on the field, having only one year of major college production under his belt makes me hesitate from predicting him to be a star out of the gate.

With Alshon Jeffery, Matt Forte, Martellus Bennett and Eddie Royal, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler already has some nice options to work with in the passing game. I would not be surprised to see the Bears ease White into his role in his rookie season.

However, White’s wide receiver skills are incredibly impressive. Even if the Bears do not look to feature him right away, I would not be surprised to see his obvious raw talent shine through and make a huge impact immediately.

There is seemingly unlimited upside for White in the Bears’ offense, and while I do not necessarily predict him to reach that ceiling this season, it certainly would not surprise me to see him come in and dominate with his physical tools.

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