KYZIR WHITE | SS | WEST VIRGINIA
Height: 6017 | Weight: 218 | Arm: 31 5/8" | Hand: 10 1/8" | Bench: 21 | Broad: 113" | Vertical: 35.5"
Kyzir White is a fourth-year Senior transfer from Lackawanna College who is a vital utility player in the Mountaineers defense. The 2017 Second-Team All-Big 12 selection has registered 152 tackles (14.5 for loss) and 4 sacks from the safety position. While White did not register an interception until 2017, he finished his career in Morgantown with 3 picks, 4 forced fumbles, and 2 fumble recoveries. Starting 25 games since transferring, White has only missed one game in his collegiate career due to a reported hand injury in 2016.
White is built like a prototype box safety with good height, ripped forearms, and big hands. White is an explosive, coordinated athlete with great lateral control and center of gravity and his aesthetic strength translates to functional strength in the weight room (21 reps on the bench) and on the tape.
Pre-snap, White’s football IQ is always on display simply based on everything he is asked to do as a Spur hybrid S/LB in West Virginia’s defense. In Press coverage, White relies on physicality and extends his arms to stifle routes before they are allowed to develop. Although In Man coverage, White often lines up with WRs in the Slot and showcases outstanding body control and ability to plant abruptly during his backpedal and shift gears to attack a ball carrier downfield in a heartbeat. In Zone coverage, White does an outstanding job of keeping an eye on the QB while feeling out coverage responsibilities. White is still developing his ball skills and started to learn to find the football more as 2017 progressed, showing good development in this regard. While White demonstrates a good understanding of pre-snap coverage assignments, he is more comfortable providing run support where he can attack with reckless abandon. As a run defender, White is a Tasmanian devil who relishes contact and lets opponents feel his physical presence on every hit. White’s speed, striking, and LB mentality will translate well to the NFL level. White must fight more actively with his hands and leverage technique to shed blockers at POA, but if he plays as a true strong safety in the NFL where he can attack from more depth, he can build momentum to circumvent blocks. As a Blitzer, White disguises his run from depth, accelerating through both B and C gaps to rapidly close on the QB with punishing impact.
White was named a team captain in 2017 and is a clean prospect off the field. White comes from an athletic family with older brother, Kevin, being a 4th overall pick to the Chicago Bears and other brother, Ka’Raun, currently playing WR for the Mountaineers. White compares in body type and play style to Keanu Neal and is best suited to play as a Cover 3 box Safety at the next level. White projects as a second round prospect thanks to his prototype body and physicality at his position with his main retractor being inconsistent ball skills.
Overall Grade: 76
Athletic Ability: 5
Play Strength: 6
Play Speed: 5
Competitive Toughness: 6
Press Coverage: 4
Man Coverage: 3
Zone Coverage: 4
Make-Up Speed: 3
Player Comparison: Keanu Neal
Projected Round: Round 3/4
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