Draft Him or Leave Him: Kevin White

Drawing comparisons to Julio Jones and Brandon Marshall, former West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White is expected to be a highly sought after playmaker coming out of the 2015 NFL draft. Given the inconsistent play of Rueben Randle and the injury status of Victor Cruz, would Jerry Reese and company snag the big play wide-out if he's still available at No. 9 overall?

Walking onto the field at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, Kevin White certainly has the looks and physicality of a professional football player. His drive and consistency during the past two seasons for the University of West Virginia, however, prove that he would be an outstanding candidate for wide receiver for the NY Giants.

When White first transferred to West Virginia from Lackawanna College in the 2013 season he admitted he lacked confidence in his playing abilities, by the end of the 2014 season though, he was one of the three finalists for the Biletnikoff award as the best wide receiver in the nation. He had 109 receptions and 1,447 receiving yards, and even set the school record by having seven consistent, 100-yard receiving games.

Looking toward the NFL draft, White is showing that he has the drive to push himself to improve even more as he advances into the professional league. In the beginning of the 2014 season when he was asked to run more types of routes, he did so very successfully and showed that defenders have to work to be able to catch up with him. During the NFL Combine he ran a very impressive 40-yard dash in 4.35 seconds, proving further that he has what it takes to run routes at a speed that is productive and at the level NFL teams are wanting.

White faces close competition among other wide receivers, the closest coming from Alabama’s Amari Cooper, for the first round draft pick. Despite this, the Giants should consider White a very strong candidate for their roster in the upcoming 2015 draft. He has few areas to improve on, and all can be improved easily as he starts his NFL career. Speculators believe among his weaknesses he needs to learn how to get off the line of scrimmage faster when he is being covered, and he lacks the polish that Cooper may possess. If the Giants choose to draft him, however, White can easily improve these aspects of his play and prove he is a strong asset to the program.

Additionally, in the past few seasons for the Giants as they struggled through regular and post-season games, they lacked a certain leadership or standout player to motivate the rest of the team. With White’s enthusiasm and eagerness to push himself to improve with every game, as well as his strong dedication to the sport, he could be the perfect draft pick for the Giants. If White signs with the Giants and has a successful first season, he could be the motivating force the team needs to have a successful 2015 season.


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