With the Pittsburgh Steelers signing free agent safety Morgan Burnett, the safety position as a need becomes less of a priority. If the Steelers want a very good backup to replace Burnett before his contract is up, they could look to draft one with one of their first three picks. Today, we take a look at Kyzir White.
Kyzir White #8 | West Virginia
6’2″ 216lbs | Senior
2017 Stats: 94 tackles (66 solo), 7.5 TFL, 1 sack, 3 INT, 4 PD, 2 FF, 1 FR
Background: A JUCO transfer from Lackawanna College. Number one rated junior college safety according to ESPN. Younger brother of former wide receiver and first round pick Kevin White. Two year starter.Majored in multidisciplinary studies. One of seven children.
What’s to like: Excellent size for the safety position. Relentless effort in pursuit. Has experience in both free and strong safety. An effective blitzer. Aggressive and scrappy player who delivers hits and takes pride in getting the ball carrier to the ground. Takes on blocks well and is tough to block, doesn’t get washed out of the play. Lays some powerful hits. Takes precise angles to the football, very little wasted movement. Strong player who fights through contact and doesn’t let many tackles ‘slip’ away. A fierce competitor has passion and loves the game.
Concerns: Struggles in man coverage in press. Tightness in hips restrains him from turning and running quickly. Fast, not quick play speed. Limited in his change of direction. When blocked from the side, has trouble getting off the block. Slightly limited as an athlete. Lack of experience, only a two year starter. Has suffered a hand and head injury.
Verdict: Projected as a strong safety, but can play the center field role if asked to. A force to be reckoned with and will leave it all out on the field. A true competitor. Perfect for the Steelers’ system; will play the run like a linebacker and be tasked with shutting down tight ends like a safety. If you want a guy to fly around the field making tackles and tossing out hard hits, White is your guy. Decently high ceiling, not a low floor; at best, a productive starting safety, at worst, a special teams demon who can step in and taking meaningful snaps if needed. Would be an excellent addition to the secondary. Reminds me of a less-athletic Landon Collins.
Grade: 76 (Mid Round 2- Mid Round 3)
Games Watched: Texas 17′, Utah 17′, Missouri 16′
Photo Credit: TheSmokingMusket
Stats Credit: Sports-Reference
Bio Credit: WVU Athletics