Kyzir White is the new-age LB Dolphins should covet

MOBILE, Ala. – During his time at West Virginia, Kyzir White did not fill a traditional linebacker or safety role. As a result, he became one of the most well-rounded defenders in the 2018 NFL draft.

White played the “spur” position in the Mountaineers 3-3-5 stack defense. His responsibilities were as wide-ranging as playing in the box, to mirroring slot receivers and tight ends; to taking on guards, tackles and fullbacks in the hole and lining up as a single-high safety.

Bringing in a player as versatile as White is exactly what the Dolphins need at weak-side linebacker. His ability to match patterns by receivers and tight ends, while remaining physical against the run is a rarity. His presence would enable a team like Miami to stay in base personnel while defending the more athletic tight ends in the NFL.

Gone are the days of hulking linebackers who merely hunt down running backs but are often exposed in coverage. In today’s NFL, linebackers must be able to do it all, and White’s numbers during his final year at West Virginia are emblematic of a player who is capable of playing multiple positions at a high level.

White posted 94 tackles, three interceptions and two forced fumbles in his senior campaign and he could have a similar impact in the NFL.

The former WVU standout wasted little time showcasing his versatility on the first day of practice at the Reece’s Senior Bowl as he lined up at weak-side linebacker and safety. White also registered an interception on the day and is seemingly improving his stock with every rep.

White’s attitude will also help him climb up draft boards, as he’s ready and willing to play wherever he’s needed to help his team win games.

“I feel comfortable anywhere,” White said. It doesn’t matter; I’ll play anywhere.”

Brandon Howard joined the Sports Talk Florida team to cover the Miami Dolphins in April 2017 and will work diligently to provide daily Dolphins content and give accurate analysis of the roster, coaching and front office. Last season, Howard was the curator of content for Miami Dolphins Wire/ USA Today while aggregating high school sports results in Broward and Palm Beach counties for the Sun Sentinel. Prior to moving to South Florida Howard developed NFL content for Pro Player Insiders while covering the Cleveland Browns from 2014-2015. Howard, a Columbus, Ohio native graduated from West Virginia in 2004 in Athletic Coaching and Education. He also was a scholarship track and field athlete and walk-on football player. Howard was the 2003 Big East Long and IC4A long jump Champion and was a provisional national qualifier in the event. He also maintained his status as a member of the Athletic Director Academic Honor Roll during his time as a Mountaineer.