Photo of Kermit Whitfield
Grade
4.94 ?
  • 4.44 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 8 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 32.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 120.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.17 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.37 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 5'8" Height
  • 30" Arm Length
  • 185LBS. Weight
  • 8 1/2" Hands

Overview

Speed is not an issue for Whitfield. He was a Florida state champion in the 100 and 200 meters as a senior, and won the Adidas Dream 100 race against the nation's top high school sprinters. Whitfield translated that speed to become one of the top kick returners in the country; he accumulated 2,386 yards in that capacity, including two touchdowns his freshman season (one in the BCS Championship Game), when he led the FBS and broke the ACC record for yards per return (36.4). His contributions as a receiver were limited in his first two seasons, however, as he failed to score in that manner (5-89 in 2013, 11-145 in 2014). Whitfield garnered second-team All-ACC notice as a receiver (and third-team as a returner) as a junior, though, catching 57 passes for 798 yards and six scores. His production dropped as a senior (34-395, one TD), as he only started seven games with the emergence of Nyqwan Murray and others.

Analysis

Strengths

Gadget player who can be activated with jet sweeps, reverses and wide receiver screens. Kicks it into high gear quickly and is dangerous after the catch. Has speed to split two deep safeties from slot. Surprising body control for small receiver and can win the occasional 50/50 down the field. Is short, but with compact lower body. Was used in intermediate routes. Has kick return experience.

Weaknesses

Routes are poor and runs them with almost no attempt to fool defenders. Relies on low center of gravity over sink and acceleration. Creates traffic for himself. Slants, outs and crossing routes all drift too low bringing cornerbacks and safeties into play at catch point. Body catcher with small hands.

Bottom Line

Lacks the route savvy and suddenness expected from the slot, but he does have talent after the catch which could appeal to teams looking for a gadget player. Kick return experience helps his cause, but may have to earn his shot as an undrafted free agent.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.