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Redskins draft countdown: West Virginia WR Kevin White

Mar 17, 2015, 2:45 PM EDT

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The NFL Draft is just over six weeks away and I’ll continue researching draft prospects. Along the way I’ll be sharing some of what I find out with Real Redskins readers. The focus will be on players in areas of need for the Redskins but I might look at players at just about any position since Scot McCloughan has said that he will take the best player available regardless of need.

Kevin White
Wide receiver
West Virginia


Height: 6-3
Weight: 215
40 time: 4.35 sec.

What they’re saying:

Strengths: Has desired NFL frame for the position. Goes and gets the ball with consistency. Had issues with drops in 2013 after transferring in from JUCO, but caught everything in sight in 2014. High points the ball. Asked to run more types of routes in 2014 and delivered with increased productivity.

Weaknesses: Pigeon-toed and runs heel to toe. Allowed to play in space and must learn to get off line of scrimmage against press coverage. Must answer questions abound about his top-end speed.

Lance Zierlein,

How he fits the Redskins: I know that many of you are going to scream that wide receiver is not a need and the team can’t waste the No. 5 pick on a pass catcher. The first thing I would say to that is that you’re not paying any attention to McCloughan, who says that he will take the best player available. I’ve also said that need often does factor into the grade that determines the best available. But in this case that doesn’t matter because the team does have a need to draft a wide receiver.

You have to keep in mind that a draft is more about seasons 2-4 years from now than it is about the coming season. Even that high in the draft, the emphasis is on the future. Let’s look at the current top of the depth chart at wide receiver. Pierre Garçon will be 30 by the start of the 2016 season and DeSean Jackson will be 30 by the end of it. Their salary cap costs combined will come in at a little under $20 million. It will be time to replace at least one of them.

Once you establish the need the rest is easy. He’s the big, fast, physical receiver the team hasn’t had in, well, forever.

Potential issues: He’s only had one big year at the collegiate level. After starting out at a junior college he transferred to West Virginia. In 2013 he had just 35 receptions for 507 yards and five TD’s. Then in 2014 he exploded with 109 catches for 1,447 yards and 10 touchdowns. It’s fair to have concerns that he was a one-year wonder.

Bottom line: The conventional wisdom is that the Redskins will take an edge rusher at five and you can count me in as a fan of both Randy Gregory (Countdown profile here) and Dante Fowler Jr. (profile here). But I don’t necessarily see McCloughan going what the Mel Kipers and Mike Mayocks of the world think he will do.

It will be hard for McCloughan to resist White’s upside. I’d rate it as a mild surprise but not a complete shock, if he pulled the trigger on the big, fast wideout.

In his own words:

On what was behind his jump in production from his junior to senior years:

Motivation. My junior year I put bad film out there. That’s not the kind of receiver, the kind of player I am. Going into my senior year, I just put everything on the line and do what I had to do . . . Like I’ve been telling teams. It finally clicked. I’m going to do what I have to do. I’m going to work hard and do anything and everything possible that I can.

Previously in Draft Countdown:

  1. tideskin - Mar 17, 2015 at 2:59 PM

    I prefer Amari Cooper to Kevin White, but I would have no problems with the skins drafting either on of them for the reasons Rich states.

  2. ET - Mar 17, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    A month ago, I would’ve said “no way.” Now I won’t be shocked if McC takes a receiver at #5 or in the 2nd. The logic makes sense, especially with Garçon and Jackson’s ever-growing cap numbers looming like dreadnoughts in 2016.

    I prefer Cooper to White as well. He’s more polished.

    • Rich Tandler - Mar 17, 2015 at 4:46 PM

      I’m going to do a Cooper vs. White post sometime in the next few weeks. Spoiler: White’s better and it’s not close. Cooper is as good as he’s ever going to get and White has unlimited potential.

      > > >

      • bowlregard - Mar 18, 2015 at 9:02 AM

        Do you think Ryan Grant, another good route runner, is as good now as he’s going to be?

      • Skin hog Dog - Mar 26, 2015 at 11:31 PM

        White a way better receiver than cooper

    • cmehustle - Mar 17, 2015 at 5:00 PM

      I would go with White. I think people look at Cooper and assume Julio Jones, but I dont see anything like that. Other than that I agree with everything else you said.

  3. bowlregard - Mar 17, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    “Must answer questions abound about his top-end speed.”

    What do you mean?

    • cmehustle - Mar 17, 2015 at 5:02 PM

      There were questions about his game speed, until he ran at the combine where he obviously blew it away. I think that combine speed is way overrated. Either way, it seems as if he’s fast enough to be a premier reciever.

  4. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Mar 17, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Kevin White might not be a huge need right now, but he’s more certain to be a bona-fide NFL star than some other guys we might pick at #5.

    (Of course, I’ve been shaking the pom poms for this guy for a while.)

  5. Dalton Tresvant - Mar 17, 2015 at 8:45 PM

    I can understand the logic for a wideout. However I do think that the skins should finish the defense with the first pick. Skins do need to replace Orakpo with a speed Risher on the opposite side of Kerrigan. My vote would be for Vic Beasley from Clemson with the fifth pick. He has the size and speed to play the outside. He was recruited to college as a TE so I would trust h in coverage

    • deepball1 - Mar 17, 2015 at 10:49 PM

      so if you require speed then Phillip Dorsette is the perfect guy to bring in for that slot position.

      • bowlregard - Mar 18, 2015 at 9:04 AM

        Of course, Beasley has also showed he is way strong. I’d imagine him capable of bull rushes in addition to out quicking the blockers.

  6. deepball1 - Mar 17, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    the skins are using that 5th pick on a pass rusher but YES they should get a receiver….how about in the 3rd round. Phillip Dorsette from Miami. Fastest man at the combine and a punt and kickoff returner with burner speed finally. But NO receiver for the Skins in the first round. That is silly talk because we already have receivers but we are VOID of even one single speed rusher

  7. captblood3000 - Mar 17, 2015 at 11:26 PM

    We don’t know who the Redskins will select if they don’t trade the #5 pick. McCloughan likely has prospects 1 through 5 identified and rank ordered but he isn’t sharing that list. And that list could change.

  8. Caveman Cooking - Mar 18, 2015 at 4:45 AM

    I’ve done two mock drafts so far and, in both, the Skins pick a WR … but not with the 5th pick.
    The first draft went like this:
    5: R1P5
    38: R2P6
    69: R3P5
    102: R4P6
    133: R5P5
    166: R6P6
    197: R7P5
    I absolutely LOVE this board. Getting BEASTley in the 1st, followed up by two solid additions to the OL make it a winning draft. Amos could definitely come in and compete for a starting Safety slot. Throw in late round steals in Coleman, and Conley and this could be one of the team’s all-time best. Morse might need to start his career on the PS, but might not last long there.

    The second draft went this way:
    5: R1P5
    38: R2P6
    69: R3P5
    102: R4P6
    133: R5P5
    166: R6P6
    197: R7P5
    Beasley goes #3 in this draft so, Fowler drops to us at #5 … a no-brainer. Peat makes a repeat appearance, though I’d be surprised to see him available in round 2 on April 30th. Hooligan has enough talent to take a shot in round 3 that he is not a one-year wonder. Market’s competitiveness and versatility make him a great pick in the 4th. Dorsett’s speed alone (4.33 40yd) makes him a 5th round gem. If I like Amos in 4th in the first draft, you know I LOVE him in the 6th here. Agnew could seriously compete for 3rd down duty.

    • Caveman Cooking - Mar 18, 2015 at 4:48 AM

      Holliman, NOT Hooligan! I hate auto-correct!!

      • Caveman Cooking - Mar 18, 2015 at 4:49 AM

        And, make that Marpet, NOT Market.

    • captblood3000 - Mar 18, 2015 at 10:42 AM

      The Fanspeak Big Board has Peat at #32, behind several other offensive tackles. So he’s there at #38 due to supply and demand. The folks who beat the O-Line Drum can take heart from that.

      BTW, if you can take Adrian Amos in either round 4 or 6, you are using different Big Boards or you are not drafting BPA. As for me, when Todd Gurley (#45 on the Fanspeak Big Board) is at the top of the Board at #69, I select him. :-)

      • Caveman Cooking - Mar 18, 2015 at 12:18 PM

        I used the Fanspeak Big Board both times, and drafted BPA both times. They just took different players each time. Like I said, Folwer went #3 once, the next time Beasley went #3.

  9. Ken - Mar 20, 2015 at 11:58 AM

    I would have to disagree with the future angle with a #5 pick. For middle of the pack and below teams a #15 pick let alone a top 5 usually steps right in and makes major contributions if not start outright. S. Taylor, T. Williams, Orakpo, Kerrigan, Samuels, Arrington, Bailey, Westbrook, Rogers, May, Monk, Green.

  10. Ken - Mar 20, 2015 at 12:07 PM

    I still don’t see the logic behind the mantra “can’t pick a G at #5” in such a top-light draft as this. We could do a lot worse for the future than getting a Grimm like presence to solidify our interior O line for the next 10 years. Archives

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