How do you replace one of the top wide receivers in franchise history?
By drafting his baby brother. Figuratively.
The Bears selected West Virginia wideout Kevin White with the seventh overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft on Thursday evening at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, and coincidentally White shares a bond with the receiver Bears GM Ryan Pace exiled out of Chicago earlier this offseason.
Marshall reached out to White's former Mountaineer teammate, Ivan McCartney, who is the cousin of ex-NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson to get White's number.
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"Brandon got a hold of me," White revealed on Thursday. "He texted me out of the blue and said 'it's B-Marsh lil bro.' And I was like what? I was like this isn't Brandon Marshall. It was him and he wanted to congratulate me on how good of a season I was having. And to maybe to go train with him for the Combine. He told me how much he loved my game. It was an honor getting a text for him."
Immediately following the Bears' selection of White, Marshall took to Instagram to wish his "baby brother" luck in Chicago.
Man look how things work out baby bro. #Chicago you have a MONSTER. Follow my baby boy.. . Great… https://t.co/Fb5sLSLlyZ
— Machine Marshall (@BMarshall) May 1, 2015
White, who Pace called a "special athlete" on Thursday, comes to Chicago with high expectations. He is the first receiver the Bears have drafted in the first round since selecting David Terrell No. 8 overall in the 2001 NFL Draft.
But proving himself to the doubters isn't anything new in White's journey to the NFL.
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After receiving only a handful offers coming out of high school, White choose to attend Lackawanna junior college in Pennsylvania. He spent two years there before recruiting for himself by emailing over 250 schools. West Virginia gave White the opportunity and the rest is history.
And now White intends to prove himself to Bears fans, but he made one thing clear: he's no Marshall replacement.
"I've been watching him since I was younger," White said. "I'm a big fan of Brandon Marshall. I'm not going to look at it like I'm going to replace Brandon Marshall. I'm going to be myself, play my game and hopefully give the fans what they want to see and help the team win some games."