Kevin White, Cornerback, TCU
ARM LENGTH: 30'1/8"
WEIGHT: 183 lbs.
40-YARD DASH: 4.63 SEC
BENCH PRESS: 18 REPS
VERTICAL JUMP: 35.5"
BROAD JUMP: 121.0"
Not to be mistaken with West Virginia's Kevin White, TCU's Kevin White should be a solid addition on Day 3 of the NFL Draft for whoever gets him.
This past season, White led the Horned Frogs with 11 pass breakups and 13 pass deflections to go with 51 tackles and two interceptions. White lacks the ideal size to be a true all around corner, but has good speed and stays in the hip pocket of receivers very well. He has a quick reaction, decent hands and great click and close ability.
White would probably go higher in this year's draft if not for his 5'9", 183-pound frame, which brings about concerns of him being able to stay durable in the NFL. With a year in an NFL weight room, White should develop into a solid NFL corner, perhaps even one who can start during his rookie season.
White didn't enter 2014 with much fanfare, but after a solid season, he's continued to boost his stock during offseason workouts and All-Star games. During the Senior Bowl, NFL.com tabbed White as one of the standout performers during the week of practice. Mike Mayock went as far as to compare White to 2014 Chargers first-round pick Jason Verrett.
"I thought he did an outstanding job in man-to-man coverage. Everything I saw on tape, he's very similar to Jason Verrett, the first-round pick from last year," said Mayock.
Here's White's ESPN scouting report:
|Instincts/Recognition||3||Average overall instincts. Reads quarterbacks' eyes and drops to get a quick break against the short game. Will lack eye discipline at times in zone and be late marking targets in his area. Flashes adequate anticipation skills when locked up in man coverage. Overall field awareness is still developing, and he will cut receivers loose off of a broken play on occasion.|
|Cover Skills||3||Good fluidity in hips to turn and carry receivers downfield. Needs work with technique. Has some tightness in ankles and feet will get outside of frame, causing him to lose balance with sudden changes of direction. Average to above-average closing burst and recovery speed. Lack of size, strength and not having elite mirror skills will give him limitations against bigger and more athletic receivers in man coverage. Best fit will be for a heavy cover-2 scheme.|
|Ball Skills||3||Average playmaking instincts and flashes anticipation. Takes quality angles tracking the ball. However, lack of height and length puts a cap on his overall range. Does not always time leaps well. Will be a liability in one-on-one downfield battles against bigger, more physical receivers. Shows above-average hand-eye coordination and will secure most throws he gets his hands on.|
|Run Support||4||No question for toughness and willing to step up on the edge. However, lacks size and strength and often gets overwhelmed by blocks or caught in the wash. Flashes the ability to corral ball-carriers in the lower half when in position. However, has a bad habit of leaving feet and doesn't always finish when attempting to wrap up.|
1 = EXCEPTIONAL 2 = ABOVE AVERAGE 3 = AVERAGE 4 = BELOW AVERAGE 5 = MARGINAL