Why Undrafted?: Kevin White

Why Undrafted?: Kevin White, CB, TCU
By Charlie Campbell, @draftcampbell

During the first half of the 2014 college football season, West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White dominated the competition. He was ripping off huge yardage and catch totals on a weekly basis, and teams were completely incapable of taking him out of the game. That changed when he went up against TCU cornerback Kevin White. While the Horned Frogs sent some safety help over the top with bracket coverage, TCU’s White had a superb game going against one of the best receivers in college football; he held the Mountaineer play-maker had only three receptions for 28 yards. In 2014, the senior cornerback totaled 51 tackles with two interceptions and 11 passes broken up. He finished the year with a decent performance at the Senior Bowl, yet was not chosen in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Sources say there were a few reasons why White went undrafted. For one, the 5-foot-9, 183-pounder is undersized and could be limited to slot-cornerback duties in the NFL. The same sources also said that White’s tape and skill set were just average. Teams felt that, by far, his best game was against West Virginia and his other performances weren’t of that caliber. Thus, teams didn’t feel compelled to select White.

After going undrafted, Carter signed with the Atlanta Falcons. That was a good choice by White and his agent. Falcons defensive backs coach Raheem Morris has had a long history of giving late-round and undrafted free agent cornerbacks a real shot to make the roster and receive playing time. Kyle Arrington, E.J. Biggers and Elbert Mack are a few examples. The Falcons also have an open competition for their fourth and fifth cornerback spots; the top three are set with Desmond Trufant, Robert Alford and Jalen Collins. After those three, White should have a fair shot to win one of two roster spots. With a new coaching staff, White is landing in Atlanta at a good time, and it wouldn’t be surprising if he sticks on the roster.

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