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2015 NFL Scouting Report: Kevin White

[Editor’s note: This is the first installment of a series we will be running at Vikings Territory providing scouting reports for players the Vikings could potentially target in the 2015 Draft. All scouting reports are provided in partnership with Luke Inman and eDraft.com. Continue reading below to learn more about who many experts are calling the best wide receiver in this year’s class.]


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Kevin White

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Wide Receiver / West Virginia

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 Fred Biletnikoff Award Finalist

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Weight: 215 lbs.

Hand Size: 9-1/4″

Arm Length: 32-5/8″[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]40 Yard Dash: 4.35 seconds

Vertical Jump: 36.5 inches

Bench Press: 23 reps

Broad Jump: 123 inches[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]3 Cone Drill: 6.92 seconds

20 Yard Shuttle: 4.14 seconds

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The above spider graph, courtesy of Mockdraftable.com, shows what percentile this player is against other players at the same position. Clicking the “Measurements & Comparisons” tab on the bottom of the graphic will show additional Measurements information along with player comparisons from the Mockdraftable.com database based strictly off historic measurable data.

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Pros:

  • Prototypical NFL size and speed to transition to the next level from a pure physical standpoint (football strength)
  • Great tracking skills while the ball is in the air
  • Does a good job of “attacking” and high pointing the ball in contested situations
  • Shows great body control by using his big frame to shield defenders away from the ball
  • Runs hard and nasty during routes and attacks defenders when faced with man-to-man coverage before releasing into breaks
  • Good run after the catch skills with both vision, strength, and power to bounce off would be tacklers
  • Quick feet off the line of scrimmage to beat most press situations
  • Has excellent straight line speed that translates to quickly developing “go” or deep routes
  • Makes a “wow” catch at least once every game
  • Very difficult match up to defend in the red zone one-on-one situations with his size and ball skills
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Cons:

  • Lacks quickness in-and-out of cuts on short and intermediate routes to create consistent separation
  • Large frame causes bulky movements after the catch without much sudden shiftiness in short areas
  • Route running improved from 2013 to 2014 but will still be a work in progress transitioning into the NFL
  • Does not show off a 4.35 time on film with pads on and, while still fast, his strong bulky frame tends to slow him down
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NFL Player Comparison:

Larry Fitzgerald / Cordarrelle Patterson / Andre Johnson

Projected NFL Scheme:

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Fit with the Vikings:

White has the NFL size and speed to be a team’s number one receive which will result in a lot of double coverage and attention. Still, White is so good at highpointing and attacking the ball that he thrives in jump ball situations down the field. This is music to Norv Turner’s ears who is desperate for a player that can stretch the field vertically and open up his bread and butter routes underneath.

On tape, White shows a lot of similarities to former first-round pick, Cordarrelle Patterson; White also struggles getting separation from his defender on short and intermediate routes in and out of cuts. However, the big difference between the two is White displays tremendous body control and strength allowing him to shield his defender out of the way and come down with the ball more often than not. The hope for the Vikings would be that White naturally grow into the number one receiver allowing Charles Johnson to slide over to number two. This would maximize Greg Jennings’ role in the slot where he can utilize his shifty route running and reliable hands. Where Patterson fits in all this all depends on his progression from year two to three. (Year three is widely known for being a wide receiver’s break out season.)

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Draft Grade:

Top-12 (#4 Overall Ceiling)

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Check out the below Draft Profile Breakdown of Kevin White courtesy of eDraft.com.
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  1. Cooper, is the safer bet ! And White is on the rise, due to the combine Performance, but to really think about it ! Go back to the tapes & films .. Cooper for last 3 year’s has been consistent & productivity .. And White only had 1 year..! That brings Devante Parker, The Unsung Hero, into the discussion..! Before his injury …He was on the rise of being the best WR in college football and he was consistent & productivity until his injury….So i’m going with my first gun again when i started with Parker , due to his timing and chemistry with Bridgewater… should come quickly in the NFL..! And make a lot of sense… In Norv Turner’s system …Teddy Bridgewater to Devante Parker- Touchdown !!!!!!!!! The only thing about Cooper is he can not win jump-ball, like White & Parker and size . So Devante Parker, fits the Vikings’ needs better !!! I will say this again……..The timing and chemistry between Parker and Bridgewater !!! Remember Rick Spielman draft 2 player’s from the same college in Arkansas WR Jarius Wright , Arkansas WR Greg Childs ,Notre Dame S Harrison Smith and Notre Dame CB Robert Blanton, who now play ss. What was the reason ? Maybe to see if they have chemistry..!

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