With the NFL season beginning to wind down, we here at the Grill are going to start breaking down the prospects that will be in this year’s NFL draft. For more information on how are grading works, please visit the prospects Page linked here. This will be one of many scouting reports to come. We will begin by profiling the major prospects in the draft and over time we will expand to cover some small school prospects and hopefully, come draft time, we will have about 100 profiles on prospects.
Name: Kevin White
Weight: 210 Pounds
College: West Virginia
2015 Stats: 109 Receptions, 1447 Receiving Yards, 10 Receiving Touchdowns,
After the jump you will get a breakdown of Kevin White’s pro’s and con’s as well as our grade for White.
Pros: White is one of the best route runners to enter the draft in the past decade. Everything from his technique, to his hand usage, to his footwork is elite in terms of route running. He combines that with extraordinary hands and rarely, if ever, drops passes. When you combine that with his elite frame and above average athleticism, and you get a wide receiver who is almost impossible to cover. He has elite level production for multiple years against good competition and he has proven to be a hard worker, who is durable, and stays out of trouble. He is a willing blocker. He has exceptional body control and is able to make great catches in the air. He is very difficult to tackle after he gets the ball in space and is very shifty.
Cons: As a blocker, White could work on improving his technique to avoid penalties. While he is a good athlete, he is not anywhere near the elite category in any athletic trait.
Our Take: White is a phenomenal prospect who is every bit as good as Amari Cooper. He is a good athlete with a great frame who runs extraordinary routes and has elite body control. He reminds me a ton of Antonio Brown and I could see him becoming that type of player down the line. He should rise up draft boards if he can run an above average 40 at the Combine this week and has the potential to go in the top 10.
Final Grade: 93 Out of 100
White grades out slightly lower than Amari Cooper because he has a slightly less developed frame and he has slightly stiffer hips. However, they are very similar as receivers and are very comparable to each other. It will be very interesting to see how their careers play out, as we have them both graded as players who should thrive as a number two wide receiver, but depending on development, could become star #1 wide receivers.
Possible Draft Spots: White comes into the Combine as a projected top 15 pick that could move into the top ten with a solid Combine performance. I could see teams like the Jets at 6, Rams at 10, Vikings at 11, Browns at 12, and 49ers at 15 all considering White and in the unlikely event he drops past that, I believe teams like the Texans at 16 or Chiefs at 18 would grab him quickly.
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