College: West Virginia
Position: Wide Receiver
White is quick off the LOS but beats press man more so with strength. His agility is evident when moving laterally with the ball in his hands and he has excellent balance on quick screens and in traffic to keep his feet and break tackles. Doesn’t get great separation at the top of routes but has a savvy push-off that rarely ever gets called. Has an advanced understanding of how to get open despite only being in D1 football for 2 years. He changes direction well for a bigger WR but doesn’t possess jaw-dropping athleticism. His body control however, is outstanding and he high points the ball beautifully and consistently. Displays fluid coordination and body control on jump balls, especially in traffic.
Section Grade: 6.9
Pride / Quit
Kevin is the clear No. 1 target in WVU’s offense but continually gets open with subtle shifty moves and aggressive hands. He began the year with 7 straight 100 yd games and currently has 8 100 yd games through 11 games in 2014. White is a 2013 JUCO-transfer who started 9 games in 13, totaling 35 receptions for 507 yards & 5 TDs. His confidence has sky-rocketed in 2014 as evident by his huge spike in numbers. Consistently puts up huge numbers against opponent’s #1 CB. Clearly plays with tons of confidence and never appears selfish when the ball doesn’t come his way. He plays with toughness and fight, often breaking the first tackle not only due to being big and strong, but a ton of effort.
Section Grade: 7.1
Learn / Retain
Instinct / Reaction
Noticed that White lines up on the right side of the formation 95%+ of the time, not sure why. Saw him on the left twice in 5 games I’ve studied. I wonder if this is due to solely just being better on the right or not being able to learn multiple positions? His timing on jump balls, high-pointing the ball, and coming down with it in traffic are all exceptional and his best traits. Tracks the ball as well as any WR in the nation.
Section Grade: 7.3
Strength / Explosion
White is 6-3 210 pounds with a sculpted, well-balanced frame. Hasn’t missed a game in 2014 and only missed a single game in 2013 with a shoulder issue. White has very good explosion out of his stance and with the ball in his hands but he doesn’t possess enough to consistently blow by defenders. His strength makes up for this and he uses his big body and aggressiveness to break a lot of arm tackles and to shield off smaller DBs when the ball is in the air.
Section Grade: 7.3
Big, strong hands, diamond-catcher, excellent at high-pointing
6.5 Initial Quicks
Good, but not great. Gets by with subtle moves, shifts, hesitations
6.5 Clean Release
Doesn’t possess great agility off LOS due to not being very sudden. Can get jolted/jammed up. Needs to work on his technique here
7 Release vs Jam
Has the strength/hands to get off the jam after initial contact very well
6.5 Patterns / Routes
Finds the hole in the zone well & is savvy in setting up defenders before elevating over them
8 Adjust to Ball
Exceptional ball skills, has a GPS when the ball is in the air, high-points it routinely over defenders
Has sneaky speed and very good vision with the ball in his hands. Has the strength to consistently break the initial tackle.
7.5 Deep Threat
Excellent at the deep ball not due to breakaway speed but rather a keen sense of timing his jump/catching the ball at its highest point
7.5 Hand Eye Coordination
Makes acrobatic catches in traffic with excellent concentration and depth perception
Poor technique but can be effective with his effort/big body/strength
6 Return Ability
6.5 Fumble / Errors
Doesn’t make many mistakes, only saw a 2-3 drops in the tape I saw
Section Grade: 6.9
7 ATH. ABILITY
7 PLAY SPEED
Section Grade: 7.3
Overall Grade: D 7.1
White is a big, smooth (6-3 210) WR that uses his body beautifully in the air to shield defenders and in RAC to break tackles. He has sneaky speed, excellent awareness to find the open spot in zone, and a GPS for the football. His ball skills are his best trait and he has excellent timing on his jump combined with a rare ability to high point the ball in traffic. White has made big plays against big-time competition all year. Has strong hands that he uses to frame the ball consistently and make tough catches in a wide radius. A smooth RR who uses subtle moves to get open rather than sheer explosion or athleticism.
White doesn’t possess elite athleticism or game-breaking speed, but is above average in both. He can struggle to get off of press man due to lack of quick-twitch explosion. Not a great RR at this juncture due to struggles to get separation at the end of routes and out of breaks. Doesn’t have great production in terms of his career, but rather all in a single year.
White has flourished in WVU’s wide open passing attack, lining up primarily on the far right side of the field. He is a former JUCO player out of Lackawanna College in Pennsylvania. White played two seasons at WVU finishing with 144 receptions, 1,954 yards, 13.6 YPC, 15 TD. White posted the majority of these numbers in 2014 (Sr season) with 109 receptions, 1,344 yards, 13.3 YPC, 10 TD.
White has all the makings of a true No. 1 WR except for elite athleticism/game-breaking speed. Has prototypical size (6-3 210) and an innate ability to get open through timing, anticipation, and awareness. White uses these three traits best in jump ball scenarios. Countless times this season he has out-jumped people in traffic not just through sheer vertical explosion, but rather through setting up defenders, using his body to shield them off, and high pointing the ball. He has very strong hands paired with exceptional catching technique; framing the ball, snatching it out of the air, and looking it in. White’s lack of elite athleticism can hinder him occasionally in press-man at the LOS vs bigger DBs and from creating separation out of his breaks. He makes up for this through strength, technique, and effort. Regularly uses savvy push-offs and subtle moves to create the separation needed so that his previously mentioned strengths can take over (drew 4 P.I.’s vs Baylor, 2 vs Maryland). White has been dominant for the majority of the season and has a lot of room to grow the more he’s around football (only been exposed to D1 football for 2 seasons). White can step in right away as a No. 2 WR while honing his skills and becoming a legitimate No. 1 WR sooner rather than later.
Pro Comp = DeAndre Hopkins