Ranking the Top 10 Rookie Wide Receivers
Dec 29, 2014; Memphis, TN, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers wide receiver Kevin White (11) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the game against the Texas A&M Aggies in the 2014 Liberty Bowl at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports
1. Kevin White (Pick 4-10) – West Virginia
The Mountaineer has the prototypical elite wide receiver size. At 6’3”, he towers over corners at any level. At the combine, he impressed with a 4.35 40-yard dash at 215 pounds. This combination of size and speed will translate in the NFL.
On tape, Kevin White proved to use his size to out power defenders while in the air. He is very hands on and battles with corners from the line of scrimmage to the end zone. In the NFL, corners won’t be able to be as handsy with him and will give him even more of an advantage. His ability to attack the ball at the highpoint will allow him to post quality stats in the Red Zone.
White’s best comparison is Alshon Jeffery, who has produced as a top 10 wide receiver over the last two years. Jeffery and White both are fast and big but are not fluid in any of their motions. White won’t make defenders miss in the open field but his size will allow him to be a difference maker week 1 into the NFL season.
Unfortunately for Texans fans, Kevin White will not be available in this year’s draft, but look for him to establish himself as the premiere wide receiver of the 2015 NFL class.
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