Kevin White, West Virginia, 6’3″, 210 lbs
– Quickly accelerates from first to fifth gear and stretches the field with impressive speed
– High-points and often wins 50-50 balls due to athleticism and concentration
– Size and speed help him routinely beat corners off the line
– Unique ability to maintain top speed throughout stems and breaks
– Often gains extra yardage after the catch due to his frame and physicality
– Has the potential to become a dominating blocker
– Ran a limited route tree in West Virginia’s offense
– Size and strength normally bail him out, but blocking technique has room for improvement
– Considerably less dangerous when forward momentum is stopped
– Unwillingness to go down leads to situations where the ball is exposed (see Travis Kelce)
White brings new meaning to the term “matchup nightmare.” He has noteworthy speed for someone of his size and plows through contact like the Juggernaut.
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Only a handful of wideouts share his ability to maintain speed throughout breaks (e.g. Jarvis Landry), which, in White’s case, often paves the way for highlight-worthy heaves down the field.
However, his route running still needs to improve, and there’s no denying that Kansas City’s offense isn’t the best platform for his vertical skills.
White has the potential to become a weekly weapon at the next level, but he needs a few years to buff his game’s fundamentals; deeming him a No. 1 receiver would be premature.
If Kansas City drafts him, it will still need to retain Dwayne Bowe or sign another wideout of similar quality.