Scouting the Big 12: West Virginia

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Despite their high-octane offense, recent Mountaineers drafts have featured players from the defensive side of the ball, primarily in the secondary. Once again the program’s top prospects can be found in the secondary, as a pair of safeties lead the way.

Kyzir White received some high grades from scouts and has been stamped as a top 45 choice in some circles, but presently the senior sits as a third-rounder on our board.

White, a junior college transfer who donned the WVU uniform for the first time in 2016, offers terrific size (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) and plays big football. He’s a devastating hitter, forcing the action upfield or intimidating opponents who dare challenge his space. White lacks great speed and is very rough around the edges in coverage. He has a great amount of upside, which will have to be met before we stamp him as a top-45 pick.

Despite missing the entire 2016 campaign with a knee injury, I still grade Dravon Askew-Henry as a fourth-round prospect off his 2015 film.

Henry possesses adequate size and presents himself as a complete player at the position, stopping the run and covering the pass. His return from last year’s knee injury is key to Henry’s draft grade.

Senior Ka’Raun White is the next NFL-bound receiver from the WVU program. He has next level size and speed numbers and has shown flashes of NFL skill the past two seasons. I grade White as a sixth-rounder, but he has the physical and football skills to move into the middle rounds if he improves his game and steps up his production.

West Virginia

Grade

Rnd

Full Name

Pos

#

Yr

3.63

3rd

Kyzir White

S

8

4Sr

3.54

4th

Dravon Askew-Henry

S

6

4Jr

3.37

6th

Ka'Raun White

WR

2

5Sr

3.35

6th

Justin Crawford

RB

25

4Sr

3.15

FA

Kyle Bosch

G

62

5Sr

3.01

FA

Trevon Wesco

TE

81

4Jr

2.99

FA

Marvin Gross Jr.

S

18

5Sr

2.91

FA

Elijah Wellman

FB

28

5Sr

2.86

FA

Elijah Battle

CB

19

4Sr

2.84

FA

Al-Rasheed Benton

ILB

3

5Sr