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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

West Virginia G Quinton Spain would be a nice developmental investment for San Francisco, which lost G Mike Iupati to Arizona, believes ESPN's Steve Muench.

"Ideally, 2014 third-round pick Brandon Thomas, who missed all of last year while recovering from an ACL injury, steps into the starting left guard role vacated by Iupati and Joe Looney provides some depth," Muench wrote. "The 49ers would do well to add more competition and depth at guard considering not one of their three interior offensive linemen played in all 16 games last year." Spain will likely be available at least until the middle of Day 3, though Rotoworld believes he's being underrated. The 6-foot-5, 335-pounder has ideal size and length and is a powerful interior offensive lineman. "Spain needs to play with better balance and improve his hand placement, especially in pass protection," Muench wrote. "But he could turn into a late-round steal. He is a massive mauler with a nasty disposition and the strength to move defenders off the ball in the run game."
Mar 31 - 1:15 AM

West Virginia's Kevin White dishearteningly ranks as the No. 8 receiver in the class, in the estimation of Football Outsiders' Playmaker Score.

The organization uses the system to project wide receivers to the next level. "White's total numbers for his senior year were good: 1,447 receiving yards, 10 touchdowns," wrote FO's Nathan Forster. "However, the numbers for senior wide receivers who succeed at the NFL level are often much better than White's, especially considering that the Mountaineers threw the ball 534 times. Kendall Wright, for example, entered the draft as a senior, but had more impressive totals: 1,663 receiving yards in only 424 team passing attempts. ... White may have impressed with a 4.35 second 40-yard dash at the combine, but all else being equal, the combine 40 isn't a consistent predictor of future NFL success for receivers." The system offered Michael Floyd and Donnie Avery as similar historical prospects. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound White, a possible top-5 pick, is pegged by Rotoworld as the class' premier receiver.
Mar 29 - 9:09 PM

West Virginia's Kevin White is not a lock to be the first or second WR selected, according to NFL Media's Charles Davis.

In trying to come up with reasons why this might be possible, the only one we can come up with is the "one year wonder" label. Davis' statement stood on its own without reasoning, but it was likely a "bold prediction" type question. We guess many teams will look at White and see a receiver who has the potential to win in both the big and small receiver games. That is difficult to find.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 26 - 12:18 PM

NFL Films' Greg Cosell compares West Virginia WR Kevin White to Terrell Owens.

For this reason, the analyst pegs White's best fit to a "Don Coryell" type vertical offense. "That kind of sort of big, powerful, fast guy," said Cosell. "White is big and explosive. He's a quick-twitch explosive athlete for a kid that size. And he looks physical playing. When you see him on film, he just looks powerful and strong. And he has that explosive burst to him for a big wideout. He was very strong run after catch." The 6-foot-3, 215-pound White, a possible top-5 pick, ran a 4.35 40-yard dash at the combine. We rank him as the class' premier receiver.
Mar 20 - 7:11 PM

West Virginia's Mark Glowinski and Missouri's Mitch Morse provide the best guard value in the class, believes NFL Media analyst Charles Davis.

"Morse was a tackle at Missouri but projects inside to guard at the next level," Davis wrote. "Morse has a good chance of playing early, too. As for Glowinski, I keep hearing his name come up when I talk to scouts. He's a hard-nosed player." Like Morse, Glowinski has experience at tackle. The 6-foot-5, 312-pound Mountaineer was moved from tackle to guard during spring practices in 2013 and will remain there in the pros.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 17 - 11:48 PM

West Virginia WR Kevin White jumped to No. 4 overall on Mel Kiper's Big Board.

White previously ranked No. 9. "He just grew so much this past year -- physically, in terms of his concentration, and particularly in simply finding ways to win matchups," Kiper wrote. "While White runs fast, he sometimes doesn't look too explosive, but he is certainly quick, and will create space if you don't body him early. He has good length and can dominate defenders on contested catches. He also limited his drops this season." The 6-foot-3, 215-pound White, a possible top-5 pick, ran a 4.35 40-yard dash at the combine. White is the No. 1 WR on a host of analyst's lists, including Rotoworld's Josh Norris and NFL Media analysts Charles Davis, Mike Mayock and Daniel Jeremiah. Kiper ranks Amari Cooper as slightly better.
Mar 15 - 7:12 PM

West Virginia G Quinton Spain ran a 4.97 forty at the school's pro day.

This is at 6'4/330 lbs. Spain also registered a 29" vertical, 8'7" broad jump, 4.62 short shuttle and 7.71 three cone. We are a bit surprised at the lack of attention Spain received at all star games. He is a powerful interior offensive lineman.
Source: 247 Sports
Mar 14 - 11:06 AM

West Virginia EDGE Shaq Riddick shined at the school's pro day on Friday.

Riddick stands 6'6/244 lbs and recorded a 4.59 forty (1.57 10 yard split), 36" vertical jump, 10'4" broad jump, 4.28 short shuttle and 6.67 3-cone. These results are very similar to Randy Gregory's, but almost 10 pounds heavier. We aren't saying they are equal prospects, but this kind of athleticism and size combination could push him above the other prospects in his group.
Source: 247 Sports
Mar 14 - 10:22 AM

Scout Inc.'s Kevin Weidl reports that a "few people" had Mario Alford "in the 4.25 range" at West Virginia's pro day.

"Talked with a few people that had Mario Alford in the 4.25 range at WVUs pro day. Shows the same type of juice on tape. Kick off return TD vs Bama)," Weidl tweeted. The West Virginia prospect's 4.25 time, was quite the improvement from his 4.43 at the combine. Alford was no slouch for the Mountaineers in 2014, leading the team in yards per catch (14.5) and touchdowns (13). The 5-foot-9, 175-pound wideout recorded 65 receptions for 945 yards last season.
Mar 13 - 2:59 PM

West Virginia WR Kevin White went No. 4 to the Raiders in Mel Kiper's most recent mock draft.

"After running a 4.35 40 in Indy and looking great in drills, White has closed the gap on Amari Cooper on my Big Board," Kiper wrote. "I still have Cooper ahead of him because he's the more well-rounded and accomplished receiver, but White's star potential is now clear and I can see him beating Cooper out at this slot. White is a threat all over the field, will make the contested catch, and has home run speed with the ball in his hands." Rotoworld, for one, prefers White to Cooper. We rank the Mountaineer as the No. 1 receiver prospect in the draft.
Mar 11 - 12:31 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis notes that with West Virginia WR Kevin White's "size and strength," he "can break short routes Big."

"Kevin White, WR, W.Virginia-Yes, he makes a lot of big plays over the top, but with his size and strength, no doubt he can break short routes Big," Davis tweeted. The West Virginia prospect is a natural turning and getting up field after the catch. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound White isn't the easiest to bring down in the open field, and has the size and the power to make smaller defenders pay. Our own Josh Norris ranks White as his No.1 rated WR.
Mar 4 - 3:13 PM

West Virginia WR Kevin White "has star potential, especially if he continues to improve," wrote ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"White is probably closer to [Amari] Cooper on most boards than he was heading into Indy," Kiper wrote. "He ran 4.35 with a 1.52 10-yard split, so there's no question about the quick-twitch explosiveness now." Sports Illustrated's Doug Farrar recently compared White to a mix of Randy Moss and Larry Fitzgerald. White is the No. 1 WR on a host of analyst's lists, including Rotoworld's Josh Norris and NFL Media analysts Charles Davis, Mike Mayock and Daniel Jeremiah.
Feb 28 - 7:32 PM

West Virginia WR Kevin White reminds Sports Illustrated's Doug Farrar of Randy Moss and Larry Fitzgerald.

"White's college tape ... showed over and over that while he doesn't yet run a full route tree, he's got the speed to beat defenders downfield, the vertical ability to make contested catches and should be a real threat in the NFL," Farrar wrote. "Still, some questioned White's separation ability, and whether he was a true No. 1 receiver ... or simply a guy who benefited from West Virginia's wide-open offense. One 4.35 40-yard dash later, and after he looked spectacular in the receiver drills, White showed me that he's more route-savvy and quicker in short spaces than I imagined." The analyst believes White could be a top-five pick. White is the No. 1 WR on a host of analyst's lists, including Rotoworld's Josh Norris and NFL Media analysts Charles Davis, Mike Mayock and Daniel Jeremiah.
Feb 26 - 11:21 PM


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