When Kevin White‘s name is called during the NFL Draft Thursday night, WVU history could be made. White has the opportunity to become the Mountaineers highest drafted player, surpassing RB Dick Leftridge who was selected 3rd in 1966 by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Other notable highly drafted Mountaineers include DB Adam “Pacman” Jones who was selected 6th by the Titans in 2005 NFL Draft, WR Tavon Austin who the Rams traded up for at the 8th pick in 2013, FB Joe Marconi was selected 6th overall by the Los Angeles Rams in 1956, G Chuck Howley was selected 7th overall by the Chicago Bears in 1958, and OL Joe Stydahar was selected by the Chicago Bears with the 6th overall pick in the 1936 Draft.
Kevin White, viewed by many to be the top WR in this class, is expected to be selected anywhere from the 2nd pick to the 12th, but a top 5 selection is more likely. The most logical landing place for White is the Oakland Raiders with the number 4 pick but the surprise could be the Tennessee Titans with the number 2 selection, who is the only team White visited after the combine.
White’s place in the draft could highly depend on moves made before the draft even gets started (trades) and some late mock drafts have White joining former Mountaineer Geno Smith in New York.
Fresh off a 109 catch, 1,447 yards, and 10 touchdown senior season, White has the confidence of a player ready to make an immediate impact with an NFL team. He also has the rare combination of size, ball hawking skills, and speed that will make a very successful NFL wide receiver that has teams contemplating a huge trade up for him.
White was a guest on ESPN First Take and made it known that he is the best wide receiver in this class and will prove it on Sundays. White acknowledged that teams were prepared to take him out of games given that White was limited to just one position on the offense in college, while Amari Cooper was utilized in all aspects of Alabama’s offense.
White also said that he did “what he wanted to” to the nation’s top conference whenever WVU matched up against teams from the SEC.
Edited by Michael Walker