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The NFL draft begins next Thursday, and West Virginia has a few players who should, could and hope to be drafted. Others will catch on in free agency. With some help from our partners at Pro Football Focus, let's take a look at a few of the Mountaineers who expect to continue their careers at the next level.

Today: Kyzir White

2017 stats: 13 games, 13 starts, 877 snaps, 94 tackles, 7.5 tackles for a loss, three interceptions, one sack, three quarterback hits, eight quarterback hurries, nine missed tackles, one penalty

PFF signature stats: The PFF statistics consider White a cornerback because of his routine responsibilities in pass coverage, but he nevertheless ranked highly among all those players in key categories.

  • Run stop percentage: White played 426 snaps against the run, made 34 tackles, assisted on 14 others and only missed two tackles. He was credited with 21 "stops," which is defined as a loss for the offense. His 4.9 stop percentage was No. 5 among cornerbacks.
  • Tackling efficiency: White averaged 25 attempted tackles (the sum of solo tackles, assisted tackles and missed tackles) per missed tackle in the run game, which ranked No. 26. In the pass game, White had 33 solo tackles, four assisted tackles and six missed tackles. The 7.2 tackles attempts per miss ranked No. 184. Overall, White had 11.6 tackles attempts per miss and ranked No. 63.
  • Coverage: White played 360 snaps in pass coverage and was targeted only 42 times. He allowed 27 receptions for 273 yards, and 165 yards were gained after the reception. However, White didn't allow a touchdown and had three interceptions. The NFL quarterback rating for passes into White's coverage was 53.0 for the season and ranked No. 31. White was targeted once every 8.6 coverage snaps, which ranked No. 14, and allowed a reception once every 13.3 snaps, but he allowed just 0.76 yards per coverage snap, which ranked No. 27.
  • Slot coverage: White's performance covering slot receivers is important -- it's why PFF considers him a cornerback -- and he fared well throughout the season. He played 265 coverage snaps in the slot, was targeted 36 times and allowed 25 receptions for 255 yards and 152 yards after the catch. He secured two of his three interceptions covering in the slot, and the NFL quarterback rating on passes into White's slot coverage was 66.3, which ranked No. 17. He was targeted once every 7.4 coverage snaps in the slot, which ranked No. 13, and allowed a reception once every 10.6 receptions, which ranked No. 32. White allowed 0.86 yards per coverage snap in the slot, which ranked No. 28.
  • Pass rush productivity: White rushed the quarterback on 62 of 422 pass snaps, and only one cornerback was more active than White's 14.7 percent pass rush percentage. No cornerback rushed the passer more, and that affected White's pass rush productivity rating. A PFF formula relates sacks, hits and hurries to the number of pass rushes, and White's 12.5 pass rush productivity rating ranked 10th out of 15 qualifying cornerbacks.

PFF review: "With size, movement skills and two years of solid production under his belt, White has a chance to be a hot name during the draft process. He played West Virginia’s slot role, which consisted of mostly spot-drop zone play where White showed good range and ball skills. He attacks the run and screen game downhill, and his experience in WVU’s system should serve him well as a curl/flat defender in a box-safety role at the next level." – Steve Palazzolo (@PFF_Steve)

PFF draft class rankings: No. 4 safety, No. 73 overall player

PFF draft prediction: San Francisco 49ers, No. 74 overall, 10th pick of the third round