Mike White Draft Profile

Mike White Draft Profile

Strengths:

  • Arm strength-former highly touted pitcher
  • Has good drive accuracy
  • Has velocity and accuracy to attack the middle of the field
  • Completed 57 percent of his deep throws when protection was better in 2016
  • Asked to make full-field reads at times
  • Can be dangerous from the pocket when he’s protected
  • Resets feet before throwing when he leaves the pocket
  • Able to push the ball into tight windows

Analysis: Mike¬†White saw major downturns in every important passing category this year, but evaluators will have to balance his inconsistent play against the porous protection he got. White has good size and a live arm which is enough to get him drafted, but if he doesn’t do a better job of recognizing blitzes and making decisions faster, his arm talent won’t matter. Arm strength is the first thing you notice when you put on Mike White’s tape–he can make all the throws and has the velocity you covet for the position. A former baseball pitcher, White was clocked throwing over 90 MPH on his fastball, showing his elite arm strength. When he was protected, something that didn’t happen a lot in 2017, White can stand in the pocket and read the entire field. He always keeps his footwork in a position to make the throw. Accuracy is evident when time is given.

Weaknesses:

  • Heavy feet take time to set up in the pocket
  • Was terrible when protection broke down in front of him
  • Pocket mobility is poor
  • Was responsible for his share of the 46 sacks
  • Slow to process when initial reads are covered
  • Fumbled 12 times this year and 17 times over two seasons
  • Relies too heavily on arm over anticipation
  • Stayed on covered targets rather than finding better options

Analysis: Mike White ran for his life when you put on his 2017 game film. He is not mobile in any form and struggles to evade that pressure. He was sacked 46 times in 2017 and not all the blame can be given to the offensive line. Feet seem heavy when asked to move outside the pocket. He was asked to go through progressions at Western Kentucky and did that when he was given time–but if he is pressured he locks on to one or two reads and fails to make the proper progressions. Fumbled too much, 17 times in two seasons.

What the scouts say:¬†“I’m having a hard time with him because his protection was just so bad. Some of those sacks were his but sometimes he didn’t even have a chance. I’m going to keep him alive because he’s a talented passer and he’s got size.” — AFC team regional scout

Size: 6’4 225lbs

Draft Grade: 6th Round

NFL Comparison: Jeff Driskel

Draft Projection: Round 3-4

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