Senior receiver Ka’Raun White used his final collegiate season to display his athletic traits. White, like his brothers, came to West Virginia Mountaineers from Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Ka’Raun was a bit slower to show what he could but 2017 proved he was viable both as an inside and outside receiver.
He was one of 13 receivers in 2017 to total 1,000 receiving yards and ten touchdowns. David Sills got all of the press thanks to his 18 touchdowns but White had 12 touchdowns on 61 catches, including touchdowns after Will Grier went down with a season-ending injury.
Ka’Raun White NFL Combine Results
|Bench Press||24 reps|
|40-Yard Dash||4.52 secs|
|Vertical Jump||33.5 inches|
|Broad Jump||118.0 inches|
|3-Cone Drill||7.16 secs|
|20-Yard Shuttle||4.57 secs|
|60-Yard Shuttle||11.73 secs|
Ka’Raun displayed strong hands with the ability to snatch the ball out of the air, a critical piece for receivers. Many players like to body catch but the ability to pluck the ball and maintain it when NFL defensive backs are trying to strip it is necessary at the next level. White also showed a long, fluid stride and more speed than his brother in games, taking several passes for long gains. He also improved on high-pointing the ball in the air.
A negative of many spread receivers is the limited route tree they are asked to run and the same is true for Ka’Raun. Despite showing good toughness and willingness to run block, he isn’t the strongest run blocker and defenders were able to break out of his blocks in college.
Teams are always looking for athletes in the later rounds of the draft. He is a high-character player who led all receivers and tight ends at the NFL Draft with 24 reps on bench press.
Outlook and Projections
White is ranked as the number 39 receiver which would put him as an undrafted free agent but it wouldn’t surprise me if he hears his name called in the 6th or 7th round. If not, he will have his pick of teams but will be a long shot for NFL rosters.
Projection: 7th round / UDFA