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Western Kentucky QB Mike White believes he would be good fit for Patriots offense

Ryan Hannable
March 05, 2018 - 11:08 am

One of the names not generating as much hype as some of the other potential Patriots quarterback targets is Western Kentucky's Mike White.

White had a very solid final two years at the school, passing for over 4,100 yards in each of the two seasons with a total of 63 touchdowns and just 15 interceptions. Accuracy is a strength as well, as in the two years he had a 66 percent completion percentage.

He had to sit out a year after transferring from South Florida after his sophomore year, so he's one of the older prospects.

White, who was a highly regarded high school pitcher, acknowledged he's obsessed with Tom Brady.

“You could say it’s pretty accurate," he said at the combine last week. "I really enjoy watching his film. The way he operates and the way he plays the game of football is unbelievable. It shows how he wins all the time. I’ve tried to emulate my game after him. Whether I do or I don’t is up to your guys’ interpretation, but I just like watching his film because of the way he beats a defense before the ball is even snapped and how he’s constantly getting his offense into the right play. They’re never in a bad play with him because he’s always super prepared and he knows what he’s getting before the ball is even snapped. It’s a pleasure watching him play.”

The quarterback attended the Senior Bowl where his coach was Bill O'Brien, and he said this gave him the sense he could potentially succeed in the Patriots offense.

“For the most part, yes," White said. "I haven’t had my hands on their playbook, so I don’t know exactly the ins and outs. I did get to play under Coach O’Brien in the Senior Bowl and from what I understand their offenses are very similar so I got a little bit of a taste. I’m sure we didn’t even begin to dive into that playbook. But I do think my skill sets can fit into that, just being able to facilitate the ball and being accurate with it and getting it to your playmakers is what I do best.”

One of the knocks against White is playing at a smaller school, but Jimmy Garoppolo proved these small school players can still succeed.

“Of course," White said. "You got him, you’ve got Carson Wentz, you got the ‘smaller-school guys’ that show that, listen, if you can play, the NFL is going to come find you. That’s kind of the attitude I’ve taken on. Like, listen, I can’t control anything other than what I’m doing on Saturdays and Friday nights. That’s all I’m going to focus on. And now that I’m here, all I’m going to focus on is talking ball with these coaches and show them how much I’ve learned and how my mental aspect is going to help me make that transition.”

The Patriots didn't have any offensive coaches at the combine, so no meetings with QBs were reported, so it wouldn't be surprise to see a few Patriots staffers at White's pro day.