ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay released his first mock draft of the year on Wednesday, and even though the order has yet to be finalized — there’s still two games left in the regular season — he does have the Chiefs addressing a significant position of need.
McShay, who has the Chiefs selecting 17th, has them taking West Virginia senior receiver Kevin White, a big target (6-feet-3, 210 pounds) who caught 102 passes for 1,318 yards and nine touchdown this season.
Here’s McShay’s analysis of the pick:
“It’s Week 16, and the Chiefs still haven’t had a wide receiver record a touchdown catch this season. White would upgrade the receiving corps with his excellent size-and-speed combo. He still needs to develop as a route runner but is a natural when it comes to separating from coverage when the ball is in the air. White is also dangerous after the catch, which adds to his value for a team in need of perimeter playmakers.”
McShay has three receivers currently being taken ahead of White in Alabama’s Amari Cooper, who goes sixth to the Jets, Louisville’s DeVante Parker (13th to the Texans) and Michigan’s Devin Funchess (15th to the 49ers).
For the record, White is already one of my favorite receivers in this year’s draft. Here’s my own super-duper early scouting report on him, through my own film review:
Consensus: Can track the ball vertically and win jump balls. Vertical threat who flashes the ability to consistently make difficult, contested catches. Big, strong guy who plays to his size. Good speed, can get deep. Good effort as a blocker. Demonstrative, emotional player who is competitive and into the game. Has a little juice after the catch — strong runner. Has experience running screens. Can come back to the ball and make the catch. Ran comebacks. Needs to refine his route running but seems to be grabbed a lot, which is an indication of his ability to separate.
What say you, Chiefs fans?