The 2015 NFL Draft is now little more than a month away and teams have got their full focus on analysing the young prospects available to them on April 30th in Chicago.
But one potential future NFL star has seemingly done some of that work for them, or at least tried to plant a potential seed of doubt in the minds of GM's across the league.
Former West Virginia Mountaineers wideout Kevin White did an interview today where he touted himself as the best receiver in the draft, taking a thinly veiled dig at the man challenging him for the honour of being the first pass catcher called out by Commissioner Roger Goodell.
"Bring A Lot More"
White did this at the expense of Amari Cooper, the Heisman Trophy finalist, saying that he can bring a lot more to the table than the former Alabama star. White was appearing on Monday’s edition of PFT on NBCSN, when he stated that he should be taken ahead of Cooper.
“Amari Cooper is a great receiver, a great competitor, but I think I bring a lot more to the table."
"He’s at Alabama with Nick Saban," White went on to add. "They have a whole bunch of other tools that help him out where he’s not getting double covered. A lot of attention is not just strictly on Amari Cooper…On West Virginia it’s just ‘OK, let’s shut Kevin White down.’ They have a lot of attention toward me.”
Going in to the draft, the advantage has to go to Amari Cooper in the first receiver off the board sweepstakes. Cooper won the 2104 Fred Biletnikoff Award for the best wide receiver in college football and was a Heisman finalist as previously.
When you combine those honours from those in the know in college football, with the fact that he has spent three years at the performing well at the top level with Alabama, whereas White was a JuCo transfer that has only had one real noteworthy season of production, you can see why a team would be more prepared to pick Cooper.
Floors and Ceilings
Cooper would be the sane option for a team looking for a steady receiver straight away. Cooper undoubtedly has the highest floor of all the receivers available in the draft, but White, who is a physical marvel at 6 foot 3, 215 lbs, and with a 4.35 40-yard dash time, has the highest talent ceiling on offer.
With Cooper you've got a receiver who will definitely be a great number two option for his whole career and a stable number one that will get you a dependable amount of yards a game thanks to polished route running, whereas White has the potential to be surpass all expectation like an Odell Beckham or Kelvin Benjamin and become a star in his first year, making monster plays every game by jumping above defenders, or he could go completely the other way and become a frustrating figure.
Just so you can get a grip of how tight it is as to which of the two will go first, NFL.com has four of their reporters and analysts conduct their own mock drafts. Two of them have White being the first off the board at 4th overall to the Raiders. The other two have Cooper being the first receiver to go, also at 4th overall to Oakland.
That's how much difference there is between Cooper and White right now. It's a 50/50 shout to see who goes first and if White thinks he can get an advantage by talking in interviews like he did then it's easy to see why he has called himself the better prospect.