NFL mock drafts to date have projected the Bears to take either the best defensive player available or, if he falls to No. 7, quarterback Marcus Mariota.
ESPN draft guru Todd McShay changed course with his latest mock draft Monday, projecting the Bears to take wide receiver Kevin White with the seventh overall pick.
McShay last had White going fourth to the Raiders.
Analysis: White makes sense here as the best player available, but also from a need standpoint because he’s an upgrade over Marquess Wilson opposite Alshon Jeffery. White is No. 4 on our board, ranking behind Cooper only because he isn’t quite as polished or consistent. The fact that he only had one really good season at West Virginia will concern some. But he’s a big-play threat with his size and speed, and he possesses the ability to separate when the ball is in the air and come down with high-degree-of-difficulty contested catches. He’s also very competitive with the ball in his hands.
McShay has quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Mariota going first and second, respectively, followed by wide receiver Amari Cooper.
White, a 6-2, 215-pound wide receiver out of West Virginia, had 1,447 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns in 2014.
You can view ESPN’s video highlights of White here.