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Unheralded and Undervalued – Jordan White, WR (Western Michigan)


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Western Michigan wide receiver Jordan White came into the season with an already strong resume and did nothing in 2011 but improve upon it. It all started in the thunder storm shortened game in Ann Arbor and culminated with a silly Bowl game performance against another Big 10 foe, Purdue. In the middle was ridiculous performance after ridiculous performance, even though he was the focus of opposing defenses after a big 2010. At 6-feet, 215 pounds,  unlike many small school wide receivers, size is not going to be an issue for him at the next level, and unless he face plants at the NFL Combine he should post a quality 40-time.

So, why is he being ignored by the masses? Beats me, but that just means you’re going to benefit from it. He possesses quality quickness and straight-line speed, plus looks and plays bigger than his listed size. He is very good at adjusting his body on the fly to make receptions and getting his feet down to complete it. All season, he has been double-teamed, but his skill set is too dynamic for anyone to contain him. Some will point to the level of competition, and while a valid argument, it does not explain why he was so successful against BCS schools. Fact is, he’s just better than others on the field.

White is never going to be a No. 1 wide receiver at the next level. Because, while he can beat double teams at the college level, he won’t be able to dominate them in the NFL. However, he is going to be a very productive No. 2 wide receiver, and in the right situation a valuable fantasy asset as well. Most have him ranked outside the Top 10 wide receivers, I have him ranked No. 5, only behind Justin Blackmon, Kendall Wright, Michael Floyd and Mohamed Sanu. While others are reaching for questionable wide receivers with warts like Alshon Jeffrey, Ryan Broyles, Juron Criner and Dwight Jones, etc., a savvy team will sit back and wait on this future Day 3 gem. Savvy dynasty owners would be wise to follow suit.

 

 

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