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NFL Draft Profile: TCU CB Kevin White

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NFL Draft Profile: TCU CB Kevin White

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of 200 prospects, including what the scouts around the league are saying and video interviews with each player.

Kevin White (CB), TCU

5’9” | 183 lbs.

2014 stats:

51 tackles, 4 for a loss, 1 sack, 2 INT

Projection:

4th-5th round

What scouts are saying:

"Cornerback with mismatched parts. Has temperament and play of an outside corner, but lacks size and deep speed. Has size of a slot corner but lacks foot quickness and twitch to consistently cover speed in space." - Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

"Stiff hips stall and slow him when opening to run. Struggles to stay with quick, darting wide receivers, giving away substantial separation underneath. Beaten all game long by Tyler Lockett from Kansas State. Doesn't consistently process combination routes. Lacks play strength to redirect at line of scrimmage. Smallish cornerback with short arms. Can get overmatched when disengaging from blocks and tackling." - Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

"Patient feet to mirror and get into the body of the receiver off the line of scrimmage, using leverage to his advantage. Smooth transition quickness, swivel hips and footwork to redirect and burst in any direction. Plant-and-drive balance and burst. Make-up speed to locate and make plays on the ball after initially beat. Stays nose over toes to shadow with coordinated technique." - Rob Rang, CBSSports.com

"Often lauded for his intelligence, humility and work ethic. Effortless arm strength to zip the ball up and down the field and his gazelle-like athleticism to out-run defenders. Does an excellent job of dancing his way out of pressure while keeping his eyes downfield. Quick release and flashes deadly accuracy, including when on the move. Very strong arm and isn't afraid to make challenging throws through tight windows. Shows good touch to loft passes over defenders down the seam or to backs and receivers on quick swing passes. Puts extreme pressure on the defense because of his scrambling ability. He offers rare straight-line speed, making him a legitimate threat for a big play via his arms or legs on every snap." - Dane Brugler, CBSSports.com

Fit for the Bears:

Of the areas the Bears need to address defensively, cornerback is one where they're actually not as bad off. It seems like White, not to be confused with the West Virginia WR the Bears may take at No. 7, is more of a project in that he still needs to become more fluid in the hips and feet. Still, the Bears need all the help they can get on the defensive side - including depth just about everywhere - and it appears White has some pretty decent upside and could be a good project for Vic Fangio.

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

David Haugh, Adam Jahns and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel. The Bears lose a rough one in Miami as Matt Nagy goes conservative at the end zone. Does the rookie coach deserve all of the blame? Dave Wannstedt joins the guys to discuss.

Plus the guys discuss the Cubs’ newest hitting coach/scapegoat, Brandon Saad’s upcoming healthy scratch and Bobby Portis betting on himself this season. 

Listen here or in the embedded player below!

Akiem Hicks makes Pro Football Focus Team of the Week after strong game against Dolphins

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Akiem Hicks makes Pro Football Focus Team of the Week after strong game against Dolphins

The Bears defense was not its usual self in their overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. The pass rush was minimal and tackling looked optional, and Brock Osweiler threw for almost 400 yards.

There was plenty of blame to go around, but a few individual defenders had success while their teammates struggled.

Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks made the Pro Football Focus Team of the Week for Week 6 with a 92.2 overall grade.

He recorded seven tackles that resulted in a defensive “stop,” the most of any defensive lineman according to PFF.

Chicago’s next highest-graded player was cornerback Kyle Fuller (78.2), who intercepted Osweiler twice but also missed two tackles.

Offensively, wide receiver Taylor Gabriel led the way with a 76.9 mark. PFF credited four of his five catches coming against Dolphins cornerback Torry McTyer in coverage.

Meanwhile, outside linebacker Khalil Mack had the lowest-graded game of his career (47.8), while linebacker Danny Trevathan (29.9) and safety Adrian Amos Jr. (47.5) each had their second-worst games.

Some of the Bears’ best players were at their worst in Miami. They’re going to need to get their act together for the New England Patriots on Sunday.