Name: Kevin White
College: West Virginia
Height / Weight: 6’3” / 215 lbs.
S.U. Rank: 2
Potential NFL Teams: St. Louis Rams, Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints
Don’t get me wrong, there is more than enough talent to go around at the wide receiver position in this upcoming NFL Draft. Despite this talent, some teams are holding off on valuable assets because of scenarios like the one the Cleveland Browns find themselves in with Johnny Manziel ( lots of rehab, not a lot of relaxation).
That being said, Kevin White seems to me to be one of the talents that will be overlooked by the first several teams — which is the reason he’s listed as a potential player for the Chiefs and the Saints. Despite being the second best receiver available, White still hasn’t (and may not for a while) get the credit he deserves until he shows it to us on the playing field.
On that note, there’s great news — he’s ready.
Here are three things to look forward to in Kevin White’s soon-to-be NFL career:
1. New Nonsense
Believe it or not, the more that the West Virginia coaching staff threw new routes White’s way, the better he got overall as a receiver. While not having a great season in 2013 — unnecessary drops being the issue — whatever the problem was disappeared by the time West Virginia got him into prime time football.
This ability to adapt to new things that quickly will serve him well as a professional athlete, but most importantly would be the greatest in the Big Easy. The New Orleans Saints took a big hit this off-season by losing Jimmy Graham to the Seattle Seahawks. Without big time receivers in the mix, Drew Brees will continue to struggle because he needs weapons around him to thrive as a quarterback.
Good thing the Saints are ready to make a move.
Even if White got drafted before the Saints’ first-round pick at the thirteenth slot, don’t count out Sean Payton & Co. just yet. Not only could they throw big money to White’s drafted team’s face, but they won’t hesitate to throw around the shot of a Super Bowl appearance behind a bittersweet Drew Brees.
Plus, after how the NFC South played out, a decent seed is a real possibility for the Saints.
Just imagine you were a twenty-something who just got out of a great college and had a fabulous career as a West Virginia Mountaineer and now, of all people, the New Orleans Saints — a team no doubt known for gritty football — want’s YOU to be their next big thing.
What can’t White do for you?
2. The White-Brick Road
White shocked us all with his breakout season that came almost literally out of nowhere. His explosion was progressive and was overall a testament to how he plays against even the best of defenses.
White tallied 1,447 total receiving yards on just over 100 catches with ten of his receptions resulting in six points. He was a major reason that West Virginia made it to the Autozone Liberty Bowl and got the chance to play one more time on television against Texas A&M.
And guess what, the Chiefs were watching.
Kansas City, much like New Orleans, lost a big name when Dwayne Bowe bailed on an offense that nearly collapsed on itself last season without him carrying the weight. While we know that White is no Jimmy Graham or Dwayne Bowe just yet, we must remind ourselves that actions (which White has demonstrated beyond all doubt) speak louder than words.
Alex Smith has been waiting for a consistent receiver for a long time, and so has Chiefs head coach Andy Reid. The time table to rebuild sometimes requires bold moves — okay, really bold moves — like what Chip Kelly has been doing lately in the City of Brotherly Love. The Chiefs need to make this gamble happen because unlike a casino card game where your opponent has been counting your cards, the up side to a player like this is more than just exponential.
If your plan to is to build a solid professional team, Kevin White is one of the guys you want to center things around.
Because wherever he ends up, there’s no question White will be in it for the long haul.
3. How The West Was Won
If you’ve been keeping track, the St. Louis Rams are now a serious threat to the two time NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks and the up-and-coming Arizona Cardinals. Last season, the Rams dealt with some severe and serious setbacks at the quarterback position. Despite having to depend on their third-stringer to try and bring home the bacon, the Rams beat Seattle, Denver, and San Francisco in the same season.
And guess what — the Rams still managed to finish last in the division.
What this tells us though is that the talent around even a third-stringer was enough to get the job done against some of the best teams in the NFL. Now with Nick Foles, who came over from the Philadelphia Eagles in a swap for now ex-Ram Sam Bradford, the focus in St. Louis has shifted to established a deadly offensive presence.
Plus, we know Foles will be better than Bradford was to begin with so that should already get the Rams excited.
Adding White to the team will again take some guts, this time coming from the Rams, but if it happens then all signs point to that big decision paying off.
And, really, just imagine how in shock the football world would be if St. Louis swept away the NFC West?
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