- Jeff Dickerson, Chicago Bears beat reporter
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LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Investing a first-round draft choice in a former junior college transfer is not unchartered territory for the Chicago Bears.
For those concerned about Kevin White's two-year stint at Lackawanna Junior College in Scranton, Pennsylvania, keep in mind the Bears used their Round 1 pick in 2013 on a player with even less Division I experience -- right guard Kyle Long.
A junior college transfer from Saddleback College, Long appeared in only 11 games (five starts) at Oregon before entering the draft, a far cry from White’s resume at West Virginia -- 24 games, 22 starts, 144 catches for 1,954 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Now a two-time Pro Bowl selection, Long noticed the similarities between White and himself when Chicago took the wide receiver seventh overall.
"I know Kevin White is a junior college guy, and as you guys know I took the same route to get to Chicago and I’m really happy to have him," Long said Friday on ESPN 1000's "Carmen and Jurko Show."
"I feel like in this day and age it’s tough to have a solid lock with a first-round pick. I think John Fox and Ryan Pace did a great job getting everybody on the right page and going after the right guy. Kevin White is going to be a dynamic talent for us. I think [QB] Jay [Cutler] will be able to utilize him in all the ways he should be able to. Alshon Jeffery and White coupled together should make for a great tandem.'
Now that wide receiver is stabilized with the offseason additions of White and veteran free agent Eddie Royal, the Bears hope the offensive line recovers from a subpar 2014 season.
Some believe Long is destined to play right tackle, but if the Bears do intend to make a switch, the team hasn’t let on through three weeks of the voluntary offseason program.
"I lined up at right guard last week at practice, so unless something changes, you guys have to let me know if you have any insider information," Long said.
"I love where I am. I feel like the integrity of the pocket starts in the middle. In this day and age with the athletes playing the game and the pass-rushers on the inside you need to have guys in the middle that can hold up the rush."
Chicago Bears' first-round picks both played at junior colleges