WVU’s Kyzir White Not Yet Picked In NFL Draft
Mountaineer safety Kyzir White will have to spend another sleepless night awaiting his NFL draft fate.
White was not selected in any of the first three rounds of the 2018 NFL draft, as the first round took place on Thursday and then the second and third rounds both were finalized on Friday.
The final four rounds of the draft will take place on Saturday starting at noon.
Many NFL observers predicted that White would be picked in the third or fourth round. After the 100 selections were made through the first three round, Kyzir was still waiting.
This is the first year since 2011 that WVU hasn’t had a player drafted in any of the top three rounds.
While West Virginia didn’t have a draft pick in rounds one, two or three, eight players from the Big 12 Conference were picked on Thursday or Friday. Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield led all selections, going to Cleveland with the No. 1 pick. He wound up being the only first round pick from Big 12, though. The league produced two second rounders, as Texas offensive tackle Connor Williams was taken with the No. 50 overall pick, going to Dallas. Oklahoma State wide receiver was selected 10 spots later by Pittsburgh. There was a run on Big 12 players in the third round, as Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph went with the No. 76 pick to Pittsburgh, Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson was taken at No. 78 by Cincinnati, Oklahoma offensive lineman Orlando Brown went with pick No. 83 to Baltimore, tight end Mark Andrews was taken with pick No. 86 by Baltimore and TCU offensive lineman Joe Noteboom went in the No. 89 spot to the L.A. Rams.
The eight picks in the first three rounds by the Big 12 paled in comparison to that produced by the SEC, which had 20 selections in the first two rounds alon.
Kyzir White will likely hear his named called at some point on Saturday. His brother and fellow Mountaineer Ka’Raun White also hopes to be selected, though the receiver may have to try to get into the NFL as an undrafted free agent. Former WVU running back Justin Crawford also could be a late round pickup, though he too may end up as an undrafted free agent.