NFL Draft Profile; James White/RB

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    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
    Projection:
    5th Round

    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)

    Fit for the Bears:
    After the departure of Michael Bush, the Bears could be in the market for a backup to Matt Forte on draft day. Michael Ford is currently the only other running back on the roster, and depth at the position, at the very least, could be a priority for Phil Emery and Co. White has the benefit of coming out of the Badger running-back factory and put up terrific numbers last season despite not being a featured back. That could certainly be attractive for a team looking for a backup and not a No. 1 guy. Still, even with the vast improvement along the Bears offensive line, very little compares to running behind the dominant Wisconsin O-line in the college game. Plus, White is not very big, and it's unknown whether his small size could successfully translate to the NFL


    Video interview link; http://www.csnchicago.com/bears/nfl-draft-profile-wisconsin-rb-james-white
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    Possible late round pick. He's small but he's been a productive part of the Badgers running game ever since his freshman year.
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    I want anyone who can help the bears be a better team..
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    I've watched him from his Frosh year on and he's a pretty tough kid. Good change of pace runner who should come cheap in the draft. Not another Garrett Wolfe at all. This kid can run the outside really well and still take carries up the gut. He's not afraid of contact.
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    He has adequate size for a running back (5'9" 204lbs). Just comparing his height/weight, Sweetness was 5'10" and 200lbs and Forte is 6'2" and 218lbs. So he should be able to take a bit of pounding.

    So it is entirely possible he could be a very productive back with a good career. The one stat I like about him is 2 fumbles in 754 carries. I love a back that takes care of the football.
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    That's another thing that to me makes him a very attractive pick. He's small, but like Walter, he runs bigger and despite being about the same size as White is Walter was a tremendous pass blocker. It's mostly LBs or Safeties these guys have to pick up or chip on a DE so they don't have to man up with 300lb DT and DEs. Basically the kid is a decent NFL prospect as a later round pick.
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    Soul, you watched him ... how is his blocking?
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    Wisconsin wasn't a huge passing team vs how much they run so he was never called on to do much of it but he'll stick his helmet on a blitzer coming in if that's his gig before he releases to become a receiver. The best thing I can say is that Wisconsin like to pound the ball on the ground and their backs are usually a little bigger than him but apparently somebody forgot to tell him how small he was because he never played like it.

    When he was a Frosh he was playing behind John Clay and Montee Ball but when they needed a big run White was the guy who was given the ball. They run by committee up there so he was never the feature back so to speak and I don't think he'll ever be that in the NFL either but I do think he'll be productive and he's a good football player so he'll play STeams and he'll block when needed. He thinks he's actually 3" taller and 20lbs heavier than he is and he's not afraid of getting hit.

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