New England Patriots NFL Draft Profile: Wisconsin RB James White

New England Patriots NFL Draft Profile: Wisconsin RB James White
April 8, 2014, 10:00 am
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James White (RB), Wisconsin

5'9" | 204 lbs.

2013 stats:

1,444 YDS, 13 TD, 300 REC YDS, 2 REC TD

Selection:

4th Round, 130th pick (New England Patriots)

What the scouts are saying:

"A distant cousin of Santana and Sinorice Moss, White had a very productive career despite splitting carries for four years and offers a balanced enough skill set to factor as a recyclable, complementary, change-of-pace back in the pros." (Nolan Nawrocki, NFL.com)

"Controlled mover with a low center of gravity. Good vision, balance and short-area burst. Shifty runner — cuts efficiently and jukes tacklers. Shows competitive speed. Finishes runs. Willing blocker in pass protection. Takes care of the football — fumbled just twice in 754 career touches. Has kickoff-return experience. Tough and competitive. Good football aptitude. Highly respected by teammates and coaches. ... Undersized with exceptionally short arms and small hands. Run strength is just adequate. Limited power to move the pile or bust through tackles. Lacks bulk strength to stymie blitzers. Was never a feature back, splitting carries with Broncos 2013 second-rounder Montee Ball as a junior and Melvin Gordon as a senior." (NFL.com)

"Vision, agility, burst and surprising power. Gets to the second level quickly and has better power than his size suggests because he keeps his legs churning and upper body squirming as he's being tackled. Attentive and competitive pass blocker. Good hands to reel in off-target throws and make defenders miss. ... Obviously smaller than scouts would prefer." (Rob Rang, CBSSports.com)

"After waiting his turn behind Montee Ball, White shouldered a heavier load in 2013, despite sharing carries with the more talented Melvin Gordon. He has a lean frame and will probably never get above 200 pounds, but he runs tough, physical and has exceeded expectations. (Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com)

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