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Alabama Football 2015 NFL Draft Profiles: DeAndrew White

Can the long-tenured receiver make it into the pro leagues?

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DeAndrew White

Position: Wide Receiver

Age: 24

Height: 5'11" and 2/5

Weight: 193

Arm Length: 31 in.

Hand Width: 9.125 in.

Wingspan: 74.5 in.

40-Yard Dash: 4.40s

20-Yard Split: 2.59s

10-Yard Split: 1.53s

Short Shuttle: 4.18s

Three Cone: 6.97s

Bench Press: DNP

Vertical Jump: 36 in.

Broad Jump: 10.08 ft.

SPARQ*: 116

Z-Score*: 0.0

*Note: These values were calculated by Zach Whitman of Fieldgulls.com and 3sigmaathlete.com. A higher SPARQ score means that player is more athletic. A positive Z-score means that the athlete has above average athleticism for an NFL player at his position, and a negative means that he is below average. If you want a more in depth explanation, here is my previous article.

2015 Statistics

Catches: 40

Yards: 504

Touchdowns: 4

Strengths

The fifth year senior has been a regular contributor at receiver for Alabama for four seasons, and has been a reliable presence for both A.J. McCarron and Blake Sims. White was mostly a deep threat specialist early in his career before becoming a more every down type of player. White has an impressive straight line speed that allows him to slip behind defenses, and he also has a knack for making acrobatic catches. He has good body control in the air and very consistent and reliable hands. He was used extensively as a blocker for the numerous bubble screens to Amari Cooper. White also has experience as both a special teams gunner and as a kick returner.

Weaknesses

White tore his ACL in the 2012 season, and has also struggled with a myriad of other small injuries over his career. His route running is not very well defined, as he has always specialized mostly as a deep threat. He also has just never been a major factor in the passing game as a whole and tends to disappear for extended periods of time.

Verdict

White is a deep threat specialist with underrated speed. He can be a versatile special teams player, and could work his way onto an NFL roster as a 5th receiver and special teams ace. While most project him to go undrafted, I could see a team taking a chance on White's pure speed and picking him up in the 6th or 7th round. However, his injury history and slight frame could also very likely scare many teams away.