4. Kevin White, Chicago Bears
Could the one-time 7th overall pick in the 2015 draft be the next Dorial Green-Beckham?
White actually may end up being worse when you take into account that the currently unemployed DGB has actually suited up for 31 of 32 games over the past two seasons and scored 6 touchdowns.
White, on the other hand, has only played four games over that span and has yet to hit pay dirt, as leg and ankle injuries have kept the former West Virginia star on the shelf.
The 24-year-old senses that his leash is getting shorter and has publicly acknowledged that this is his year to flash the enormous potential the Bears thought they were getting in the 6-foot-3 receiver.
Yet, even when healthy, White’s unrefined route running has made him appear slower than he really is and prevented him from creating separation from NFL corners.
But while the underperforming wideout is young enough to turn things around, the organization isn’t going to stand around waiting for him to become a lethal vertical threat.
GM Ryan Pace has stocked up on wide receivers by signing veterans Markus Wheaton, Victor Cruz, Rueben Randle and Kendall Wright along with adding the likes of seventh-round pick Daniel Braverman in last year’s draft and free agent rookie Tanner Gentry this past April.
White’s only saving grace is that he was once a first-round selection. That’s why he’s still around, but that won’t keep him on the books forever.
If Pace could go back into time and do things all over again, he would. But until he discovers his own Hot-Tub Time Machine, he’s stuck with trying to squeeze anything he can out of the injury-prone athlete.
As a fantasy owner, you don’t need to subject yourself to that torment. The No. 1 receiving option in the Windy City is Cameron Meredith and that’s not changing any time soon.
In the unlikely event that White does experience a mini-resurgence, one should be able to put in a free-agent claim for him at some point. But don’t bang your head against the coffee table trying to justify drafting him in the late rounds.