West Virginia Mountaineer fans knew what they had in Kyzir White this year. Despite the struggles of a young defense, Kyzir was a standout. Kyzir wasn’t Karl Joseph, the amazing safety for the Mountaineers and now the Oakland Raiders, but Kyzir was a near perfect replacement. This week, Kyzir is showing that same tenacity and ability in practice for the 2018 Reese’s Senior Bowl.
First it started when Kyzir showed good man-to-man skills in breaking up a pass from Oklahoma Sooner quarterback Baker Mayfield to Penn State Nittany Lions tight end Mike Gesicki. Kyzir stuck with the tight end who caught 105 passes over the past two years. White then put his right arm around Gesicki while getting his left arm in between the ball and the tight end, breaking up the pass.
Next was Kyzir’s ability to bait the quarterback into a poor throw and make the interception. Kyzir’s on the right hash, backpedaling and drifting with the receiver. The offense attempts to flood the zones but Kyzir responds by undercutting the receiver. Had this been a live play, White would have had a pick-six.
WVU S Kyzir White with the INT here. Fantastic read on the QB's eyes and break on the route. pic.twitter.com/UN3yyBHi4K— Trevor Sikkema (@TampaBayTre) January 23, 2018
Then came the play when he matched up with Central Michigan tight end Tyler Conklin. Again Kyzir showed the ability to stay with athletic tight ends and break up the pass.
Kyzir White locking up Conklin pic.twitter.com/3puS6XCGE9— Zach Hicks (@ZachHicks2) January 24, 2018
Scouts all week have been raving about Kyzir. Entering the week, many felt he was a “box” safety, someone who thrived playing run defense but could be a liability in pass coverage. Nothing could be further from the truth as Kyzir demonstrated time and time again this year.
Kyzir has shown so much this week that some scouts are calling him the best safety in practice this week. Some media outlets have suggested that the Chicago Bears are looking for a safety that fits the profile of Kyzir. Many projected mocks have Kyzir landing in the mid-40 range of the draft.
You can catch Kyzir’s last collegiate game in the 2018 Reese’s Senior Bowl this Saturday, January 27th at 1:30 PM Eastern on the NFL Network.