—Has a thick, muscular frame (6'2", 218 lbs) and should have no trouble transitioning to the NFL.
—Is a willing tackler who may be asked to move into a dime linebacker role.
—Played a versatile role at West Virginia that saw him utilized in coverage, run support and blitzing. He's shown the mental-processing skills to compete in all roles and offers positional flexibility.
—Has effective instincts and is a see-it-and-go-type of box player who identifies and hits top speed in a hurry.
—Family bloodlines (Bears receiver Kevin White) suggest NFL-caliber athleticism is there.
—Lacks the NFL speed needed to fit physical profile of a legitimate safety.
—His man coverage, particularly in the slot, is average at best because of a lack of even average change-of-direction skills against adequate or better receivers.
—Looks like a lumbering athlete who may struggle to move in space alongside top-tier NFL talent.
—The time it'll take to convert to a non-specific NFL role may make him more of a projection than others in the class.
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Kyzir White wins with competitive toughness and mental processing that allow him to fill a variety of roles. He's a relentless hitter who relishes opportunities to bang pads and will have no trouble transitioning to NFL contact. His size and athleticism are a blessing and curse, as he has the frame and skill set to be a moveable defender in the box but lacks the true speed to have a defined role in a defensive backfield. White's physicality in all three phases is his calling card and will be the ticket to his earning an early starting role.
GRADE: 6.75 (Early Round 2)
PRO COMPARISON: Kam Chancellor, Seattle Seahawks