The Oakland Raiders dug into the undrafted free agent market on Sunday, signing cornerback Mitchell White out of Michigan State. The terms of the deal were not announced, and the Raiders have yet to confirm the report.
White, who was a walk-on at Michigan State, played cornerback and safety for the Spartans and is an excellent special teams player.
According to MLive, he ran a he ran a 4.45-second and 4.42-second 40-yard dash at Michigan State’s Pro Day workout, propelling the Raiders to take a look at him.
White recorded seven tackles in 13 games with the Spartans in his senior in 2012.
More on his abilities, courtesy of his profile on NFL.com:
He had a 33-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-11 broad jump. He ran the short shuttle in 4.15 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.76 seconds. White also performed 14 lifts of 225 on the bench. White was primarily a special teams player in his time with the Spartans, and could turn out to be much like New England Patriots 2012 sixth-round draft pick Nate Ebner of Ohio State, getting interest (as a rookie free agent in Whites case) for his special teams prowess.
The Raiders selected a cornerback in D.J. Hayden with the 12th overall pick in the draft, and may just be looking to add some depth with the signing of White.