Kerrith Whyte

Florida Atlantic
RB

Prospect Info

College
Florida Atlantic
Hometown
Class
FL
r-Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 10"
197 lbs
29 7/8”
Hands
9 1/2”

Prospect Grade

5.28
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Chicago
Bears
Round 7 ‧ Pick 8
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Whyte did not get a chance to become a star at FAU because of the presence of Devin "Motor" Singletary. However, before leaving school a year early, the Loxahatchee, Florida native did earn second-team All-Conference USA nod as a returner (19-545-28.7, one TD in kickoffs) and honorable mention as a running back (134-866-6.5, eight TDs rushing; 10-160-16.0, two TDs receiving). Whyte was an honorable mention all-conference pick as a kick returner as a redshirt freshman in 2016 (39-1,002-25.7) and a sophomore in 2017 (23-568-24.7, one TD). He received some carries in those seasons (43-145-3.4, one TD in 2016; 55-347-6.3, two TDs in 2017) while also becoming a target in the passing game over time (5-21-4.2 in 2016; 7-46-6.6 in 2017; 10-160-16.0, two TDs in 2018).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 7-Priority free agent
NFL Comparison
Jordan Todman
Overview
Whyte put together impressive production in 2018 despite getting half the carries of celebrated starter, Devin Singletary. He is more of a slasher than a pure runner and is much more comfortable with clear points of entry or with plays flowing wide. He can stick and go with excellent burst and is physical by nature. He has complementary back size and lacks consistent third down skill, but his speed could make him a developmental backup and starting kick returner.
Strengths
  • 10 touchdowns in 144 touches from scrimmage in 2018
  • Tough, explosive runner with good early pace
  • One-cut talent with burst to drive past second level
  • Decisive in his attack Good foot quickness to manage tight quarters
  • Has speed to turn corner wide
  • Runs aggressively through contact with above-average balance
  • Late hip slip to elude angle tackles Willing to sit and square blitzers
  • Career average of 26.1 yards per kick return
  • Hits it downhill with no-nonsense return style
Weaknesses
  • Needs to learn to press line of scrimmage with discipline
  • Vision is below average
  • Ramrod running style leaves yards on the field
  • Needs more finesse in finding tracks between the tackles
  • Tardy in setting up tacklers to miss
  • Finds more traffic than he should
  • Blinders come up once he hits "go gear." Double catches passes and inconsistent tracking it
  • Loses sight of twists and blitzers and gets quarterback hit
Sources Tell Us

"Singletary gets all the attention, but Whyte is the more explosive of the two and he might end up surprising people." -- Running backs coach for AFC team

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GRADE
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