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2015 NFL Draft Rumors: Is Kevin White The Draft’s Best Receiver?

| by Daniel Yancelson

West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White had a terrific 2014 season for the Mountaineers, but his struggles in 2013 and his speed made scouts skeptical to name him the best receiver in the 2015 class.

White led his team with 1,447 yards, 10 touchdown receptions and 109 catches. In 2013, he only had 35 catches for 507 yards and five touchdowns.

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White and Alabama’s Amari Cooper will most likely be the first two receivers to go in the draft. Scouts like White’s size and ability to compete for the ball up in the air.

"White competes hard for the ball and has the leaping, hands and high-pointing ability to be a factor down the field despite his lack of top-end speed," Lance Zierlein wrote on White’s draft profile on NFL.com.

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Well, it looks like White’s biggest weakness — his speed — could be a thing of the past. White ran the third fastest 40-yard dash time out of the receivers with a 4.35. With his size — 6 feet 3 inches and 215 pounds — his speed now is probably one of his biggest strengths. If scouts were considering White as possibly the top receiver, his showing at the combine should lock him as the best.

The Oakland Raiders hold the fourth pick of the draft, and are in need of a big time receiver. Assuming both White and Cooper are still available, the Raiders will most likely take one of them. The Raiders have a young quarterback in Derek Carr who showed glimpses of being able to turn around the franchise. It makes sense for the franchise to take White — or Cooper. Time will tell.

Source: AL.com, NFL.com

Photo Credit: Associated Press/Chris Jackson via Bleacher Report