In Chicago Bears first-round wide receiver Kevin White, professional scouts recognize that the flanker has a tall, linear frame with good upper body muscle development. Because of his size, you would expect White to look lanky in his routes, but he has the short pitter-patter steps and burst to look effortless through route progression. He has the balance and feet, along with explosive acceleration and excellent body control out of his cuts to gain valid yardage after the catch.
White has the quickness to stretch the field, but is also quite effective playing the physical game and is very productive underneath. He has that second gear needed to turn an ordinary play into a big gain. He has quick feet and good balance cutting on the move. He might not be the most elusive after-the-catch runner you will find, but has the lower leg drive and ball security skills to power through the initial tackle.
The Mountaineer runs with impressive fluidity, showing good hip and knee bend when changing directions, along with a nice feel for sticks and boundaries. He has the body adjustments skills to contort his body to make the tough catches and possesses the balance and arm extension to pluck the ball at its high point. He does a very good job in maintaining his acceleration, even when changing direction.
Because of his size, White is a long strider, but displays excellent explosion in his initial movement. He demonstrates above average quickness and uses his hands effectively to avoid the jam. He is very quick breaking out of routes and shows a good burst in and out of his patterns. He generates very good explosion to transition and separate on deep routes. He also has excellent flexibility, getting his head turned around instantly to track the ball in flight.
White is more of a power runner than a “juke” type, but he does have good hip shiftiness.
He has very good timed speed and the ability to fly past defenders, as he does a very nice job of putting his foot in the ground, change direction and get up field in a hurry. He is a strong player than can easily run through the initial tackle. If given a free lane, he will gain additional yardage. He relies more on shiftiness and fakes to set up the defender, but has the skill-set to turn on an explosive second gear to escape, along with possessing above average leg strength to break arm tackles.
White is used too much on underneath routes, but on the rare chances he gets to go deep or in isolated coverage, he has had good success picking up additional real estate. On those short area routes, even with his size, there are times he just won’t challenge for the ball in a crowd, as opponents broke up thirteen passes targeted to him last year. All told, he pulled in 66.88% of targeted throws (109-of-163) in 2014.
With his size and powerful running style, White could also see some snaps as a motion type H-Back, as he is known for his toughness taking on isolated defenders in the open field. He gets a strong push off the line and excels at getting into his routes. He has that excellent timed speed, but he does a nice “con” job on the field, as there are times he just builds up his acceleration and then suddenly explodes to gobble the cushion.
White has the balance, body control and awareness of sticks and boundaries to do a nice job of tip-toeing to stay in bounds when working along the sidelines. He shows great focus looking the ball in over his outside shoulder on deep routes and when he times his leaps, he fluidly adjusts his body and extends outside his frame to reach and pluck the ball at its highest point.
White’s hands are also a tremendous asset. While films from Lackawanna College were not readily available, in two seasons at West Virginia, he dropped just one ball, coming in 2013. He has an adequate burst after the catch and is elusive enough to make the first defender miss in the open field.
A few knocks on White is that while he is track-fast and has secure hands, he’s really not a polished route runner and needs to show better precision with his feet, as there are times he appears to be running on his heels. He has excellent athletic ability and does show good concentration to look the ball in, but he will get lazy and round some of his cuts late in games.
White is also a bit of a “work in progress” as even an adequate blocker. All too often he is caught grabbing and that has resulted in several costly penalties (five during the 2014 season). It is not as if he lacks courage in this area, but I doubt if much time was spent coaching him up in this area.
For his entire collegiate career, White played in 33 games, catching 180 passes for 2,499 yards (13.88 ypc) and 21 touchdowns, scoring 126 points while also recording seven solo tackles…As a Mountaineer, White started 22-of-24 games at flanker, generating 1,954 yards with fifteen touchdowns via 144 receptions (13.57 ypc), as he tallied 90 points and recorded four solo tackles for West Virginia.
NCAA Career-Record Results: Among active NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision players, White ranks ninth with an average of 6.0 receptions per game.
NCAA Season-Record Results: Among 2014 major college performers, White ranked second with 1,447 receiving yards, placing third with 109 receptions and tied for seventh with ten touchdown grabs.
School Career-Record Results: White’s 1,954 receiving yards as a Mountaineer took over the ninth spot on the school’s all-time record chart, also placing eighth with his 144 receptions…His 15 touchdown receptions tied Danny Buggs (1972-74) for 11th on the WVU career-record chart.
School Season-Record Results: With 109 receptions in 2014, White became the third player in school history to record 100 in a season, joining Tavon Austin (114 in 2012; 101 in 2011) and Stedman Bailey (114 in 2012)…His 1,447 receiving yards in 2014 are topped by only Bailey’s 1,622 on the WVU season list. The only other 1,000-yard seasons by a Mountaineer were posted by Austin (1,289 in 2012 and 1,186 in 2011)…White’s ten touch-down catches as a senior tied Chris Henry (2003) and Cedric Thomas (1980) for seventh on the school season-record chart. The record is 25 by Bailey in 2012.
School Game-Record Results:
-His 13 grabs in each of the 2014 Maryland and Kansas contests tied Bailey (vs. Oklahoma, Baylor and James Madison in 2012), J.D. Woods (vs. Baylor in 2012) and Tavon Austin (vs. Maryland in 2012) for fourth on the school game chart.
-Recorded the ninth 200-yard receiving performance in school annals, as his 216 yards vs. Maryland in 2014 rank third on the school game list behind Bailey (225 vs. Baylor and 225 vs. Oklahoma State in 2012).
2013 Season: White missed the 2013 season opener vs. William & Mary due to a shoulder contusion suffered during August drills. He was also limited in fall camp with a foot sprain.
Junior College: White missed three of the first four games on the 2012 schedule while dealing with a shoulder injury.
4.35 in the 40-yard dash -- 1.53 10-yard dash -- 2.54 20-yard dash -- 4.14 20-yard shuttle -- 11.52 60-yard shuttle -- 6.92 three-cone drill -- 36 ½-inch vertical jump -- 10’03” broad jump -- Bench pressed 225 pounds 23 times -- 32 5/8-inch arm length -- 9 ¼-inch hands -- 78 7/8-inch wingspan.