Mike White

Western Kentucky
QB

Prospect Info

College
Western Kentucky
Hometown
Class
Pembroke Pines, FL
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 5"
224 lbs
31 7/8”
Hands
9 1/2”

Prospect Grade

5.60
Chance to Become NFL Starter
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2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Dallas
Cowboys
Round 5 ‧ Pick 34
40 Yard Dash
5.09
Seconds
 
Bench Press
--
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
27.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
96.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.4
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.4
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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White thought he might be a professional pitcher early on in high school, as he was named a Louisville Slugger All-American as a junior (9-2, 0.43 ERA). But when he got a chance to start at quarterback for the University School in Fort Lauderdale, he led the team to a state title and was named the Florida Class 3A Player of the Year. White signed with South Florida, and got a chance to play immediately. He suited up in six games (starting five) in 2013, completing 53 percent of his passes (93-of-175) for 1,083 yards, three touchdowns, and nine interceptions. He started again in 2014, but his performance (50.4 completion percentage, 1,639 yards, eight touchdowns, seven interceptions in 10 starts) did not guarantee him a starting job for the following year. After falling behind in the depth chart in spring 2015, White decided to transfer to Western Kentucky. He redshirted in the fall of 2015 as a transfer student, sitting behind star passer Brandon Doughty. White took over the reins in 2016, and was named second-team All-Conference USA and the C-USA Newcomer of the Year after completing 67 percent of his passes (280-of-416) in the Hilltoppers' wide open system. He used that pitcher's arm to throw strikes around the yard for 4,363 yards and 37 touchdowns against a measly seven interceptions. White's numbers were not quite as impressive as a senior (completed 65.7 percent of his 560 throws for 4,177 yards, 26 touchdowns, and eight interceptions), but he played well enough to be named second-team All-Conference by league coaches.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 3-4
NFL Comparison
Zach Mettenberger
Overview
White saw major downturns in every important passing category this year, but evaluators will have to balance his inconsistent play against the porous protection he got. White has good size and a live arm which is enough to get him drafted, but if he doesn't do a better job of recognizing blitzes and making decisions faster, his arm talent won't matter. White has QB3 potential with a shot to move up the ladder as a backup.
Strengths
  • Arm talent is the first thing you notice
  • Former high school pitcher with 90 MPH fastball who can crank up that heat when he needs to
  • Has good drive accuracy
  • Able to push the ball into tight windows
  • Has velocity and accuracy to attack the middle of the field
  • Can alternate between heat and touch
  • Throws catchable deep ball and has ability to drop it over a cornerback's head down the sideline
  • Can be dangerous from the pocket when he's protected
  • Completed 57 percent of his deep throws when protection was better in 2016
  • Resets feet before throwing when he leaves the pocket
  • Asked to make full-field reads at times
Weaknesses
  • Heavy feet take time to set up in the pocket
  • Struggled to deal with poor protection
  • Lacks feel for pressure off the edges and drops his eyes when he sees pocket push
  • Pocket mobility is poor
  • Was responsible for his share of the 46 sacks
  • Sluggish processor when initial reads are covered
  • Stayed on covered targets rather than finding better options
  • Relies too heavily on arm over anticipation
  • Looks lethargic when trying to roll and throw
  • Fumbled 12 times this year and 17 times over two seasons
Sources Tell Us

"I'm having a hard time with him because his protection was just so bad. Some of those sacks were his but sometimes he didn't even have a chance. I'm going to keep him alive because he's a talented passer and he's got size." -- AFC team regional scout

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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