2015 NFL Draft Profile: Kevin White, WR West Virginia


When you think of an NFL wide receiver, you think of a player like West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White.  He’s got the height, leaping ability and long arms to be a playmaker at the NFL level while also showcasing some blistering speed and agility.

However, his college resume doesn’t completely go with the measurables.

During his 2013 campaign, he was inconsistent as a pass catcher.  He registered far too many drops for a man of his talents.  But that changed dramatically for the 2014 season, where he seemed to catch everything that was thrown his way.  Some teams could be concerned that he’s a product of the system at West Virginia or that his limited record of success could decrease his value.

Nov 1, 2014; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers wide receiver Kevin White (11) makes a catch prior to the game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Yet, some team will take a chance on Kevin White.  And my guess is that it will take a top 10 pick to make that happen.

Combine Measurables:

  • Height: 6’3″
  • Weight: 215 pounds
  • Arm Length: 32.625″
  • Hand Size: 9.25″
  • 40 Yard Dash: 4.35 seconds
  • Bench Press: 23 reps
  • Vertical Jump: 36.5″
  • Broad Jump: 123″
  • 3 Cone Drill: 6.92 seconds
  • 20 Yard Shuttle: 4.14 seconds
  • 60 Yard Shuttle: 11.52 seconds

Draft Projection

Currently, CBS Sports ranks him as their #12 overall prospect and the #2 wide receiver in the draft.  However, after that amazing day at the combine, it shouldn’t be surprising if he is the first wide receiver selected at the 2015 NFL Draft.

Fit For The Vikings

The Vikings could be looking to get a #1 wide receiver in this draft, and Kevin White might be the best pass catcher in this draft class.  However, based on his physical skills and awesome combine, Minnesota may have to trade up to get him if they really want him.

My Take

As I’ve said in previous profiles, I’m not sure of drafting a wide receiver in the first round would fill one of the biggest needs for the team.  But, if Kevin White is available when the Vikings pick at #11, the team would have to be heavily considering selecting him or trading down to a team that would be willing to give a minor ransom for the rights to him.

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