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The Bears Den: May 01, 2015 - 2015 NFL draft Chicago Bears news & notes

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Bears pick Kevin White at No. 7 - Larry Mayer: The Bears on Thursday added an explosive weapon to their offense by selecting West Virginia receiver Kevin White with the seventh overall pick.  Impressed Bears during visit.

Kevin White pick a sign Ryan Pace knows what he's doing - Is-Hub Arkush: What Bears fans got with the drafting of White was more comfort that Pace knows exactly what he’s doing, and that in just three short months the Bears are now once again being run like the heritage franchise they deserve to be.

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Bears select Kevin White in first round

Ryan Pace sticks to the board, drafts Kevin White - Adam Hoge: Every NFL GM claims to draft the best player left on their draft board, but in Ryan Pace’s case, he actually did.

Pace grabs top player on his board in Kevin White - Brad Biggs: White has huge upside, and while the Bears need to come up with a way to stop Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, they need players to challenge them in a shootout too.

Pace 'thrilled' to draft Kevin White - Not-Hub Fishbain: Ryan Pace told reporters on Wednesday the importance of grabbing an "impact" player at No. 7 and believes he found one in White, who is expected to start right away opposite Alshon Jeffery.

Bears believe White will provide 'competitive' advantage - Rich Campbell: At 6-foot-3, 215 pounds with a 4.35s 40-yard dash, White measured at the top of the charts during the predraft process and matches the size and skill prototype for an elite receiver.  Dan Wiederer profiles newest Bear.

Player breakdown: Kevin White - Dan Durkin: White’s run-after-the catch abilities and deep speed are desperately needed to diversify the Bears’ passing attack, and force defenses to play more honestly with their safeties. He has the potential to evolve into a coverage-dictating split end.

Bears pick Kevin White - Jeff Dickerson: Although Kevin White is labeled as raw, the upside is tremendous and he has speed to burn. Ryan Pace made the smart decision.

Bears add 'dynamic' force to offense - Bob LeGere: The Bears are confident they got an impact player with the seventh overall pick when they selected big-play West Virginia receiver Kevin White.

Pace's 'easy pick' should be able to help Bears immediately - David Haugh: In selecting a top-six player at seventh over any one of the available pass-rushers, Ryan Pace punctuated his first draft with pragmatism.

White 'plans to do big things' as replacement for Marshall - Spawn of Hub: After trading one of the league’s more physical receivers in Brandon Marshall, the Bears added arguably the draft’s strongest wideout to help replace him.

Q&A with Kevin White - Jeff Dickerson: Shortly after the Bears took Kevin White in the first round the receiver participated in a conference call with the Chicago media members assigned to cover the Halas Hall portion of the draft Thursday night [Audio].

Bears replace Marshall with his 'baby bro' Kevin White - Scott Krinch: How do you replace one of the top wide receivers in franchise history? By drafting his baby brother. Figuratively. [Video] White talks about relationship with Marshall.

White's high school, JUCO coaches on new Bear's determination - Not-Hub Fishbain: The path that White took from Pennsylvania high school football to being the No. 7 pick of the draft, and the future of the franchise at receiver, is one of determination, as his former coaches described.

[Video] - Not-Hub Kevin Fishbain and Fruit of Hub's Loins break down the Bears picking Kevin White in the first round... [Video] Is-Hub's reaction.

[Video] - Wanny and Greg Gabriel join Kip Lewis to share thoughts on Bears selecting Kevin White ... on Bears not going defense at No. 7.

[Video] NFL Network - The Bears pick West Virginia receiver Kevin White No. 7 in the 2015 NFL Draft.

[Video] - Newest Bear Kevin White goes 1-on-1 with Jen Lada ... 'I wanted to cry so bad'.

[Video] - Chris Boden and Dan Jiggetts react to the Bears' selection of Kevin White.

[Video] - Highlights of new Bear Kevin White ... Combine highlights.

[Video] NFL Network - Kevin White's remarkable journey to what may be NFL stardom.

Photos - with a gallery of Kevin White, from college to combine and draft.

More on the 2015 NFL Draft

Bears likely to supplement defense on Day 2 - Dan Wiederer: The team owns the seventh pick in the second and third rounds (39th and 71st overall), and it would be no shock if the Bears opt to dip into a deep class of pass rushers.

A few names for the Bears in Round 2 - Is-Hub Arkush: With the first round now in the books it’s practically guaranteed Ryan Pace going to get at least one more really good player Friday.

Best prospects for rounds 2 & 3 - Adam Hoge: After addressing the receiver position in the first round, the Bears will likely have to focus on defense with at least one of their two picks Friday night.

Chicago as Draft Town: NFL is No. 1 - Jon Greenberg does his usual thing of rambling on for four times as long as Moon Mullin, while also being even less interesting or informative.  Craig Dellimore: Bears still hoping to bring Super Bowl to Soldier Field.

Photos -'s gallery of Draft Town.


Ryan Pace backs Jay Cutler as Bears’ QB - Chris Emma: Pace downplayed the reports of conversations with Tennessee to move up for the second overall pick, pointing out that they added a dynamic weapon to the offense ... Moon MullinImpact of trade talk on Cutler worth monitoring ... Dan BernsteinRyan Pace is attached to no one.

Forte says he doesn't plan to stage holdout - Jeff Dickerson: Matt Forte reiterated on Thursday he does not plan to stage a training camp holdout, even though the Bears denied his offseason request for a new contract extension [Audio with Boers & Bernstein] ... Dan WiedererAccepts realization that he may hit FA market in March.

[Video] - Matt Forte explains reasoning for missing Piccolo Award.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Reaction to Forte's comments regarding Piccolo Award.

Fox expects Bennett to be with team after draft - Jeff Dickerson: John Fox said on Thursday he anticipates Martellus Bennett being on the team's roster at the conclusion of draft weekend.

Team notes - Arthur O'Hub: John Fox expects Martellus Bennett to still be on roster after draft, wants to see how Shea McClellin transitions at new ILB position, and talks about challenges for former 4-3 DEs in converting to 3-4 OLBs.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Will Bears keep Martellus Bennett?

Photos - With final draft preparations taking place off the field, voluntary minicamp continued on the field at Halas Hall on Thursday morning.



"We can't sing and our dance is not pretty" - well, you have to give them credit for being honest about their catchy Village People-esque (in more ways than one) disco effort.  The then-L.A. Rams finished second to the 49ers in the NFC West with a 10-6 record that included a 20-17 win over the Bears, but were one and done in the wildcard round.