Bears receiver Kevin White hasn’t even played a snap in the NFL yet, which means it might be slightly early to compare him to potential Hall of Famers. But that’s exactly what White’s position coach has done.
Bears receivers coach Curtis Johnson coached Andre Johnson and Reggie Wayne at the University of Miami and thinks White is a lot like those former Hurricanes, who both have a shot at ending up with a bust in Canton.
“Kevin White was one of the better receivers I’ve seen coming out,” Curtis Johnson said, via ESPN. “He reminded me of some of the guys I had in Miami. He reminded me of Andre Johnson. He’s very similar to him. They’re both big and physical and fast. That doesn’t all go together sometimes. . . . [White] has hands similar to Reggie Wayne. So he was one of those guys where when you looked at the draft and watched television, you say this guy is going to be a bona fide player.”
Last year the Bears spent the seventh overall pick in the draft on White, but he suffered a leg injury in minicamp that ultimately caused him to miss his entire rookie year. Comparisons to Andre Johnson and Reggie Wayne sound a little silly after that rookie disappointment, but that’s the kind of talent the Bears saw when they drafted him.