Kyzir White NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Los Angeles Chargers' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2017, file photo, West Virginia safety Kyzir White (8) gestures during the an NCAA college football game against Texas Tech in Morgantown, W.Va. Kyzir White had his team-leading third interception of the season to seal a 46-35 win over Texas Tech on Saturday. He also tied for the team high with nine tackles and forced a fumble. (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson, File)
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POSITIVES

—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.

              

NEGATIVES

—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.

              

OVERALL

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

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