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PRO 2024 Rookie Spotlight: David White Jr., WR Western Carolina

Rookie Spotlight: David White Jr., Western Carolina University
Height: 6-2
Weight: 195
Hands: 9 3/8”
Arm: 31’ ½
40 yard dash: 4.50 (projected)
Age: 22
NFL Comparison: Michael Thomas, Michael Wilson

Big frame to build on
size/speed combo
Savvy route runner
Quick feet
Separates easily
Body control of a much smaller WR
Soft hands

Small school competition
Injury prone?

Scouting Notes:
Big slot energy is what we’re getting from White, who impressed at the Hula Bowl before looking like the best receiver on the field during our time at Shrine Bowl practice. It means something when a guy that you have little to no awareness of before an event keeps turning heads of all involved, and that’s what White did to the RosterWatch contingent present. White, who is 6’2”, was getting open at will against the Shrine Bowl corners, gaining separation that the likes of the smaller, quicker receivers present could envy. He’s quick footed and offers precise route running, setting up his defenders before leaving them trailing behind him after the catch. I didn’t see much as far as contested situations go because White was getting so much space between him and his defenders. He’s able to maneuver in tight spaces with uncanny body control. And he does it with efficient cuts and dynamic burst, albeit with a deceptive smoothness throughout. He comes from a small school and played against small school competition, and it’s almost impossible to find tape on him, but White doesn’t need tape with the way he’s been performing. Sure handed and agile, my only knock on White is that he missed the 2nd day of practice we attended because he was banged up. I don’t know the severity of the situation, or whether his people just felt he’d done enough to separate himself literally and figuratively from the pack to the point that he didn’t need to practice anymore.

Fantasy Outlook:
White could be the proverbial needle in the haystack. We attend these events to find unique players who haven’t had the opportunities that some big program players have had, in anticipation of breaking them to our RosterWatch family. White, by all accounts, is shaping up to be one of those players. Projected as a big slot, he has the capability of playing outside as well, due to his size and speed. His route running is a thing to behold, and I don’t think he needs much development to make an impact at the next level. White’s small school pedigree might get held against him in the draft, but strong performance after strong performance is alerting teams to his presence. I’m angling on picking up White at the tail-end of dynasty rookie drafts regardless of where he lands. His upside is palpable.

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