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Over the next 12 days, West Virginia WR Kevin White will visit the Jets, Rams, Bears and Giants.

White has had a strange spring. Up until very recently, he had only made one pre-draft visit total, to Tennessee. Over the next few weeks, he's going to be racking up frequent flyer miles like George Clooney. White figures to go anywhere between No. 4 to the Raiders and No. 10 to the Rams. He's been compared to Terrell Owens and Julio Jones.
Apr 17 - 7:22 PM

West Virginia WR Kevin White "is a big athlete who can run, jump and catch better than many receivers already in the NFL," according to NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.

"White must learn how to vary it to help create separation while running routes more complicated than his good-bye move straight up the field," Cooney wrote. "Scouts were disappointed when he opted out of the Senior Bowl because they wanted to see him challenged by top defensive backs. White did not encounter much press coverage in college and relied on his ability to out-jump defenders regardless of how close they were." White declined to comment on why he skipped the Senior Bowl. When asked why he improved suddenly last year, he said: "The aggression, whether it's blocking, a lot of talk trash, just being confident in myself. I love the game, so this is what I love to do."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 17 - 6:26 PM

Twenty six prospects will attend the 2015 NFL Draft.

Neither Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston will attend. Amari Cooper is not on the list, either. The draft is moving to Chicago this year. A few prospects in the link below will certainly be waiting until the second day of the draft.
Apr 15 - 10:35 AM

ESPN's Todd McShay writes that West Virginia WR Kevin White "isn't going to string together multiple moves in the open field, but he displays good vision as an open-field runner and is quick to transition upfield."

"I didn't see a burner when I watched White on tape, but his 4.35 40 time is impressive for a guy his size (6-foot-3, 215 pounds) and he clearly has enough speed to get down the field," McShay wrote. "He is also very good at tracking the deep ball and making contested catches." White could go as high as No. 4 overall to the Oakland Raiders. Even if he doesn't, he isn't going to get out of the top 10.
Apr 13 - 7:12 PM

West Virginia G Quinton Spain is visiting the Steelers on Monday, according to Bob Labriola.

Spain has played left tackle and guard but will find a home on the interior of an offensive line. Spain tested fairly well for such a massive blocker and his skill that compensates for deficiencies is his strength.
Apr 13 - 1:52 PM

West Virginia WR Kevin White is visiting the Jets and Giants this week, according to Ian Rapoport and Manish Mehta.

The Jets should be in the market for a receiver, and Jerry Reese likely couldn't help himself if White makes it to pick No. 9. If Amari Cooper is taken by the Raiders at No. 4, White's destinations could be the Redskins, Jets, Bears and Giants - or a potential trade up.
Apr 13 - 9:41 AM

West Virginia WR Kevin White notes that he'll have private meetings "with at least the Tennessee Titans (No. 2 overall pick), New York Jets (#6), Chicago Bears (#7), New York Giants (#9) and St. Louis Rams (#10)," according to CBS Sports' Derek Harper.

Teams are doing their due diligence on both Kevin White and Amari Cooper during the final stretch before the draft. The Raiders at No.4, are being pegged as the team most likely to take the first wideout off the board. The 6-foot-2 5/8, 215-pound White has the ideal size, speed, and athleticism teams are looking for at the position, and has a strong shot at being a top 10 selection.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 9 - 2:50 PM

An anonymous NFL scout told ESPN that West Virginia WR Kevin White is "not going to make his living with his quickness" and will "have to work on bump-and-run and on releasing versus an NFL corner."

"Physically, he's got what you want: size, speed, hands, competitiveness," the scout said. "Because he was a juco transfer and a nonqualifier out of high school, he's going to have to show that he has the ability to understand, repeat and make changes. I think he has that in him, but he's going to have to convince people in the league." Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus passed along that White broke 25 tackles in 2014, one shy of the FBS best. "He does a great job of creating late separation when the ball is in the air," wrote ESPN's Todd McShay. "He uses his body to shield defenders and has very good body control. He made a lot of tough, contested catches on tape in 2014." Added Mel Kiper Jr.: "If there were questions about White's aptitude or work ethic, I think his 2014 season put most to rest. He completely transformed himself, getting stronger physically and becoming more adept as a route runner."
Apr 8 - 9:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora believes the Oakland Raiders will look to "diversify the offense" and draft West Virginia WR Kevin White at the No.4 spot.

"Top free agents didn't want their money in free agency, and likely won't until they start winning and/or get a real stadium, so the draft is it for finding elite weapons to put around QB Derek Carr. They need to diversify the offense and getting a No. 1 receiver is imperative," La Canfora wrote. The Raiders have to provide Derek Carr with weapons and White would instantly be the home-run threat, that the Raiders offense is looking for. White's versatile skill-set allows him to be effective on short and intermediate routes, where he's always a threat to take it the distance.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 8 - 4:07 PM

West Virginia WR Kevin White most closely compares to Sammy Watkins in the 2014 class, according to Sharon Katz and John Parolin of ESPN Stats & Information.

"Like Watkins, White has game-changing speed and good hands," they wrote. "White is a little taller and ran a faster 40 than Watkins, but their physical style of play (Watkins led NFL rookies in yards after contact per reception) is similar." Last year, White tied for second amongst Power 5 WRs with 13 catches on passes of 20 yards or longer and ranked fourth in that group in yards after the catch. The 6-foot-2 5/8, 215-pound White ran a 4.35 40-yard dash at the combine; Calvin Johnson in 2007 was the last player taller to run faster.
Apr 8 - 2:04 PM

Bleacher Report's Brent Sobleski reports that West Virginia WR Mario Alford will be working out for the Atlanta Falcons on Wednesday.

The West Virginia prospect recently put some evaluators on notice with his blazing 4.25 forty at his pro day. However, he did have a solid year this season, recording 65 receptions for 945 yards and 11 touchdowns. The Day 3 prospect does have the ability to take the top off a defense, but will have to continue to work on his route running to get on the field. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound wideout should be able to make an immediate on special teams as a kick returner.
Apr 6 - 3:50 PM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl compares West Virginia WR Kevin White to Julio Jones.

"They both have an exceptional combination of strength and explosiveness that creates mismatches when left on an island," Weidl wrote. "In addition, both show the ability to not only stretch the field and win one-on-one battles, but also have the speed, balance and strength as runners to manufacture big yards after the catch." John Parolin of the Stats & Information Group, using numbers as opposed to game film, likens White to A.J. Green and Rueben Randle. "White's height, hand size and wingspan all compare to Randle, though White's combine performance shows superior athletic measurables," he wrote. "His total profile matches Green well; Green is an inch taller with a similar wingspan but two inches shorter on the vertical jump."
Apr 4 - 12:28 AM

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that West Virginia WR Kevin White has only one scheduled visit, and it is with the Titans.

"He now has one visit scheduled," Rapoport said Thursday. "He does have one scheduled with the Tennessee Titans, but that is it." The Titans hold the No. 2 overall pick in the draft, though nobody anticipates them pulling the trigger on White with Marcus Mariota and Leonard Williams ostensibly on the board. Where this tidbit gets interesting is in the possibility of Tennessee trading down to a team that wants one of the aforementioned two prospects. "You would think at this point teams would have questions about him but from what I understand, he is as clean a prospect as there is in this draft," Rapoport added. "Just talking to a few general managers, this is reminiscent of Tyler Eifert, the tight end from a few years back. Went in the first round but had no visits or workouts scheduled." White could go as high as No. 4 overall to the Oakland Raiders.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 2 - 11:08 PM

West Virginia WR Kevin White said he should be chosen over Alabama's Amari Cooper because "I think I bring a lot more to the table."

"Amari Cooper is a great receiver, a great competitor, but I think I bring a lot more to the table," White said. "He's at Alabama with Nick Saban. They have a whole bunch of other tools that help him out where he's not getting double-covered. A lot of attention is not just strictly on Amari Cooper. ... On West Virginia, it's just, 'OK, let's shut Kevin White down.' They have a lot of attention toward me." The comments likely won't be well received in Morgantown and they certainly won't be received well by WVU coach Dana Holgorsen, but you can't easily argue when he cites his time at JUCO in saying "I haven't learned or been taught the little secrets" about being a wide receiver. Of course, Cooper could just as easily say that the Mountaineers threw on 48.7 percent of their plays against 44.3 percent passes for the Tide. White also only had one good collegiate season, which is why Football Outsiders' Playmaker Score ranked him as the No. 8 receiver.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 31 - 10:02 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock says West Virginia's Kevin White "has the highest ceiling of any wide receiver in the draft."

The analyst continues to rank White as the No. 1 receiver, an opinion Rotoworld shares. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound White ran a 4.35 40-yard dash at the combine. He could go as high as No. 4 to the Raiders, but isn't going to drop much further than that if Oakland goes in a different direction. White came out of nowhere to drop 1,663 receiving yards on the Big 12 last year.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 31 - 6:34 PM


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