Top 2015 Receiver Prospect: Kevin White vs Amari Cooper

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Oct 18, 2014; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers wide receiver Kevin White (11) makes a one handed catch for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Baylor Bears at Milan Puskar Stadium. West Virginia Mountaineers defeated Baylor Bears 41-27. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

On Tape

Both of these young men have great hands and can make acrobatic catches most receivers can’t make. They both had trust of their respective quarterbacks to make plays for them when covered too. But White, with his length and vertical leap, has a larger catch radius, allowing him to win more 50/50 balls.

They’re both great route-runners, accelerating well out of their breaks to get separation in man coverage. Against zone, they both do an excellent job of finding holes in that zone and sitting down. But Cooper is the better route runner as his faster 3-cone drill time, important for receivers, matches what I saw on tape.

White obviously ran the faster 40-time but it shows on tape too as he is able to simply blow by corners. Cooper gets open deep because sets a guy up with his route-running but doesn’t just blow by people. I was surprised Cooper ran a 4.42 but wasn’t surprised White ran a 4.35 because he looks like he’s moving fast.

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