Safety is a deep position in this year’s class, but Kyzir White has the potential to be one of the best values in the middle rounds…
Kyzir White, brother of former top-10 pick Kevin White, had to follow the JUCO route to get where he is today.
Receiving All-American honors at that level, however, gave him an opportunity to transfer to West Virginia where he started right away.
He played all over the field, adopting a hybrid safety/linebacker role and seemed to thrive. During his two years with the Mountianeers, White compiled 152 tackles (14.5 for loss), nine pass breakups, three interceptions, three sacks, and four forced fumbles.
He earned second-team All-Big 12 honors in 2017.
Weight: 215 lbs
Kyzir White enters the NFL draft with the frame, grit, and attitude that teams love. His thick frame and nice length should allow him to continue a similar hybrid-role in the NFL. He is a tough and physical player who doesn’t back down from contact.
White plays with a level of intensity and urgency that should intrigue most coaches. He’s got high football intelligence and quickly diagnoses plays. White is a powerful hitter who thrives coming to the play downhill. I would consider him one of the best blitzing safeties in this class.
He’s known for his high-character and well-respected leader. Being a brother of a player in the NFL may give him an advantage in adapting to the NFL lifestyle.
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Coverage limitations will likely prevent him from adopting a full-time safety role. While a decent athlete, lacks the fluidity to excel in coverage outside of short, quick windows. White needs to be more consistent as an open-field tackler.
He lacks the burst and explosiveness that similar style players may possess (i.e. Budda Baker). He will likely be scheme-specific if he’s going to be a productive player.
White’s fearless attitude and intensity will appeal to most NFL teams, but his lack of explosiveness and fluidity will likely limit the teams who will actually consider drafting him.
He’s going to be a bit scheme-dependent, but could still be a productive player. He’ll be well-liked by coaches and players alike and should earn respect for the urgency he plays with.
He’s the type of player that every team wants in their locker room.