Photo of Pat White
Grade
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  • 4.55 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 35.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 117.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.06 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.42 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'0" Height
  • 197LBS. Weight

Overview

With apologies to 1980's West Virginia QB Major Harris, many consider White to be the best player ever to suit up in Morgantown. He was the first quarterback in the history of college football to start, set an all-time rushing record for quarterbacks and won everything from All-American honors to Big East Offensive Player of the Year (twice) and three bowl game MVPs. Teams will have to decide where he fits in the NFL before making him a top 75 selection, however. Does he have the size and skills to play quarterback? Some scouts think he has earned the right to try with his 2008 performance (1,842 yards passing, 65.7 completion percentage, 21 touchdowns vs. seven interceptions). Or does he have the hands to switch to receiver? There is no question about his speed, toughness or leadership abilities, however. He'll get a shot somewhere, somehow. Had an arm span of 33 1/2 inches and a hand span of 9 1/4 inches at the combine.

Analysis

Strengths

Positives: Excellent speed and vision with the ball in his hands. Makes defenders miss with spin and juke moves in the open. Will also take and deliver big hits despite his wiry frame. Has a solid arm despite a lack of upper body strength. Adequate accuracy on skinny posts and longer throws down the middle of the field. Will look off the safety before throwing to his primary target. Team leader. Left-handed. Keeps his eyes downfield while scrambling, gets the ball to a teammate after defenders suck up due to his running threat. Negatives: May not have a pro position. Lacks prototypical quarterback size and is not strong enough to take a lot of hits. Relies on big passing lanes and play-action to give him the chance to find receivers downfield. Needs to prove he has the hands to play in the slot as a receiver. Does not always secure the ball, and will keep it in his strong hand even running right. Exclusively worked in the shotgun and spread offense, so he needs to work on taking snaps and ball fakes. Can get the ball deep but is not accurate on well-defended passes beyond 10-12 yards. Struggles with accuracy on the move. Throws off his back foot too often. Does not have great touch on short throws. Delivery is stiff and mechanical. Lacks patience in the pocket, and will take off too soon and misses open targets. Makes questionable decisions with the ball, trying to make a play when nothing's there. Ball comes out of his hand poorly at times.
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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.
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