SDBR Q-A: Will White Follow Verrett to SD?

The Bolts took a major step towards fixing their secondary by selecting CB Jason Verrett in the first round of last year's draft. Now, the team may continue that process by selecting Verrett's former TCU teammate, Kevin White, in the middle rounds of this year’s draft. We talk to White about the possibility of following in his close friend's footsteps.

Kevin White (5-foot-10, 174 pounds) finished his senior season with two interceptions, 44 tackles (including four for a loss) and a sack. He plays bigger than his size, able to line up outside or in the slot.

A superb athlete who fights for the ball, White has drawn favorable comparisons to Verrett.

"[Verrett] is just a great player and a smart player," White said. "You try to take all the little things you can from a player like that. I still talk to him now and I’ve met with him out in San Diego. We’ve talked about how the draft is going to be and how the Combine is going to be. He’s someone I’ve always looked up to and he sheds knowledge on me."

So what advice did Verrett give White on the pre-draft process?

"Just as far as the whole process, he said just take it all in. It’s going to be a long process, just let it run its course. And when the Combine does come, just be smooth."

There is a legitimate chance White could end up reuniting with Verrett in San Diego. The Chargers are in the market for cornerback help, as starting CBs Brandon Flowers and Shareece Wright are both scheduled to become unrestricted free agents.

White is likely to hear his name called between the third and fifth rounds of April’s draft.

"That would be awesome," said White of the possibility of winding up in San Diego. "If it did end up like that where I could play with [Verrett] again, that would be awesome to play in San Diego with the Chargers."

It would also be convenient for White, who will spend the coming weeks working out at EXOS in San Diego.

His offseason is off to a strong start following a stellar performance at the Senior Bowl. He showed smooth hips and fantastic footwork, helping himself as much as any player in Mobile, Ala.

White relished the opportunity to go against the best talent in the nation and more than held his own, battling with South Team's deep and dynamic receiving corps.

"I'm just trying to showcase my ability," he said from Mobile. "TCU is not the biggest school. We had a good year, but we're not the biggest school. You don't get to see a lot of us play sometimes, so I'm just trying to showcase my ability and show what TCU football is about."

Whether White winds up in San Diego or somewhere else, he believes he will have a leg-up on other rookies thanks to his Senior Bowl experience. He was able to spend the week working with the coaches of the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are no strangers to developing young cornerback talent.

"It's definitely a learning experience," said White of working with the Jaguars coaches. "You're learning from guys at the top level who've been doing it for a long time."

White knows he cannot get too excited when he hears the name “Kevin White” called on draft day, as the first time that happens it will refer to the dynamic receiver from West Virginia. But it should be noted that TCU's White more than held his own in the meeting between the two Kevin Whites this season, holding the Mountaineers' star receiver to just three catches and 28 yards.

Performances like that one, along with his impressive showing during Senior Bowl week, have his arrow pointed firmly upward ... and possibly towards San Diego.

Michael Lombardo is a long-time contributor to the team. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 18 years and covered the team since '03. You can see more of his updates by following him on twitter.

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