Daily Dawg Tags: Who the heck is Mike White?

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 10: Mike White #14 of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers looks to pass against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 10: Mike White #14 of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers looks to pass against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

The Cleveland Browns are once again in the market for a starting quarterback. Could Western Kentucky’s Mike White really be the answer?

The Cleveland Browns are widely expected to walk out of the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft with a shiny new quarterback.

The player will likely come from the group of Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, USC’s Sam Darnold, Wyoming’s Josh Allen and UCLA’s Josh Rosen.

But what if there is another candidate that has caught the eye of general manager John Dorsey?

That could be the case according to Tony Pauline at draftanalyst.com, who opines that Western Kentucky quarterback Mike White is one of Dorsey’s favorites.

Well, isn’t that interesting?

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White spent his first two college seasons at South Florida before transferring to Western Kentucky after head coach Willie Taggart switched the Bulls offense from a pro-style attack to a spread offense.

White was the starting quarterback for the Hilltoppers for two seasons, during which he completed 66 percent of his passes for 8,540 yards, 63 touchdowns and just 15 interceptions.

That’s more passing yards over the past two seasons than Jackson (7,203) and just a tick below Mayfield (8,592).

White also caught the attention of Pro Football Focus, especially when it comes to deep throws, as the site graded White with a passer rating of 118.1 on the long ball.

The Hilltoppers went 11-3 in White’s first season as the starter, but slipped to just 6-7 this past season, while not exactly playing a difficult schedule as a member of Conference USA.

Finally, White has the size that NFL teams look for as he is listed at 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds on the Western Kentucky team website.

So what does that mean for the Browns?

White can’t be in the conversation for either of Cleveland’s first round selections, currently No.1 and No. 4 as he is very much a development quarterback. But if Dorsey believes that White will still be there in the later rounds, the Browns have the draft assets to make a move and pick him up.

Browns fans can follow White during practices this week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. The game will take place on Saturday at 2 p.m. and be televised by the NFL Network.

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