Former Falcon Kyzir White selected by Chargers in NFL Draft

White returns Interception for Falcons!
White returns Interception for Falcons!

Saturday, the Los Angeles Chargers picked former Lackawanna College football player Kyzir White with the 19th pick in the fourth round of the 2018 National Football League College Draft. White was the 119th player chosen overall.

A 2016 graduate from Lackawanna, White transferred to West Virginia University to continue his athletic and academic career.

At Lackawanna, he was an excellent defender, earning third-team all-conference honors as a freshman. In his sophomore year, White was an NJCAA All-American after recording 37 tackles, 3 interceptions and 4 pass break-ups in the 10 games he played for the Falcons.

For the Mountaineers, he played the Spur hybrid safety/linebacker spot during the 2016 season. At that position, he compiled 58 tackle that included 7 for losses, 3 sacks, 5 pass break-ups, and 2 forced fumbles. In his senior year, Kyzir earned a second-team All-Big 12 notice by league coaches after he recorded 94 tackles, 7.5 that went for loss, 3 interceptions, 4 pass break-ups and 2 forced fumbles.

White is the fifth former football player to be selected in the NFL draft since 2014. In that year, Lorenzo Taliferro was drafted in the fourth round by the Baltimore Ravens (138th overall). Taliferro was followed in 2015 by Kevin White, a first round selection by the Chicago Bears (7th overall) and Mark Glowinski, another fourth round pick by the Seattle Seahawks (134th overall). Finally, last year the Ravens selected Jermaine Eluemunor in the fifth round (159th overall).

The first ever former Falcon drafted into the National Football League was Bryant McKinnie in a first round pick in 2002 by the Minnesota Vikings (7th overall).

In a relate NFL announcement, Ka'Raun White, Kyzir White's brother, signed a Free Agent contract with the Seattle Seahawks.