White had off the charts production his last two seasons at Western Michigan, catching 94 passes for 1,378 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2010 and 140 catches for 1,911 yards and 17 TD’s in 2011. Not bad after having missed the 2008 season after tearing cartilage in his left knee. He also suffered from a torn ACL in his right knee in 2006.
White was a sixth year eligible player because of his injuries and will turn twenty-five in June. He possesses average height and weight at 6-0, 215 but does not have great speed, clocking in at 4.69 on his 40-yard dash at the Combine. White is a hard worker that is an excellent route runner who is not afraid to get physical at the line of scrimmage. However, he can try and get too cute at the line of scrimmage trying to shake a corner which can lead to problems trying to get downfield since he lacks the speed to make up for the lost time.
He is not afraid to go over the middle and can take a hit. He sometimes gets sloppy with the football and will lose it if hit hard enough. He will engage defenders as a blocker in the running game or when another receiver makes the catch but he doesn’t excel at it. His coaches in college raved about his work ethic, especially after serious injuries threatened his collegiate career and he worked his way back.
Nothing stands out about the way White plays the game of football. He is average in almost every aspect and yet he put up eye-popping numbers in college. His injury history and his lack of upside will mean he should be available in the seventh round or even as an undrafted free agent. When I look at White I see a slot receiver who can be a threat in the red zone or on third down.
I can see a team using a late round flyer on White just to bring him in to compete for a job. With a couple of open roster spots in the receiving corps after the departures of Mario Manningham and Devin Thomas, the Giants could be that team to take a flyer on him. With his work ethic and motor he would instantly become a fan favorite much like Wayne Chrebet was for the New York Jets in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s.
White’s upside is probably as a fourth or fifth receiver and will stick around the NFL because he does everything coaches ask of him and has huge heart and desire to play the game. However, with his ability to run routes and make the catch, I can see him sneaking his way into a number three receiver position. White could become an excellent check-down receiver for quarterback Eli Manning who has two primary targets in Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz. I can see White thriving in a system like that of offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride. If available, he would make a nice sixth or seventh round pick but I wouldn’t reach to draft him.