Kevin White exploded onto the scene in 2014 after a JUCO career that led him to West Virginia in 2013; he started 9 games and totaled 507 yards and 5 TDs that year. He took complete hold of the starting job this year and made the most of his opportunity with 109 rec., 1,447 yds and 10 TDs. While his resume would suggest “one year wonder” concerns, his tape displays a potentially elite talent on the next level. Physically, White is every bit of 6’3″ and 210lbs, and he uses every inch and pound to his advantage on the field. He simply cannot be pushed around by corners and he consistently out-physicals defenders for the ball both in traffic and when leaping to the highest possible catch point. Athletically, White has surprisingly quick feet. In fact, he’s as quick or quicker than most of the smaller receivers in this year’s class. He uses a combination of his physical strength and quick, coordinated feet to get a good release off the line versus both physical or soft coverage. He has enough long speed to be a bona-fide deep threat in the NFL, although it does take some momentum to get to top speed. In the open-filed, White has a lot of Brandon Marshall in his game. He’s fiery and competitive and does not want to be tackled. And much like Marshall, he is loose and quick enough to make defenders miss. White is a top-tier pass catcher who sacrifices his body in an effort to secure the ball. He routinely catches the uncatchable and has a catch radius that will make some bad throws turn into big completions. White is a solid route runner but relies too much on his physical ability at times. He’ll have to refine his route running a bit, which should be part of his natural progression on the next level. White competes in the run game as a downfield blocker but can get too physical, sometimes drawing holding calls.
BOTTOM LINE: Kevin White is a star in the making. He combines plus size size with very good athletic ability and has the kind of fiery competitiveness needed to thrive in the NFL. He wants to dominate on every play and you can see it in the effort and passion he displays on the field. He has the ability to be a go-to-guy in any system. White is a hybrid of Brandon Marshall and Larry Fitzgerald, a gifted talent.
GRADE: 8.8 (Top-10 Pick)
-Submitted by Bryan Perez (@FirstRoundGrade)