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Kevin White

While Kevin White's NFL career has been marred by injury up to this point, the dude has talent.

You don't become the seventh overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft by accident.

But back in his younger days at Emmaus High School (Emmaus, Pennsylvania), White looked nothing like a future NFL player.

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While Kevin White's NFL career has been marred by injury up to this point, the dude has talent.

You don't become the seventh overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft by accident.

But back in his younger days at Emmaus High School (Emmaus, Pennsylvania), White looked nothing like a future NFL player.

"He had a little height to him and he was thin, but he wasn't very good," Joe Bottiglieri, who coached White at Emmaus, told the Chicago Tribune. "He struggled. We didn't say, 'Man, look at this phenom. He's going to be a can't-miss.' It wasn't that way at all. But he was like a sponge. He was so eager. He loved to practice. He loved to be in the weight room. He loved everything about football."

Slowly but surely, White improved.

He became a starter his senior year and made the most of the opportunity, earning All-Conference honors. 

Academic issues forced White to attend a JUCO, but he eventually found his way to West Virginia.

There, he blossomed into a first-team All-Big 12 and second-team AP All-American selection.

 

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