James C. White, RB

School: Wisconsin  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Height/Weight: 5-9 / 204 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.572.511.5823 329'6"4.207.05

Player Overview

White shared the backfield with Giovani Bernard in high school and was a three-star recruit, choosing Wisconsin over Clemson and Michigan State.

He saw immediate action as a true freshman and although he shared playing time with Montee Ball, White was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year despite being a reserve. White saw his stats dip as a sophomore and junior, splitting carries with ball, but he became the starter as a senior with Ball in the NFL.

He and Melvin Gordon combined to set the FBS single-season record for rushing yards by teammates (3,053) - White led the team with 13 rushing scores, earning Second Team All-Big Ten honors. Despite average explosion and speed, he is a big play waiting to happen with his vision, patience and foot quickness to create, running low and making himself small among the trees to pick through the LOS.

White is a resourceful runner who also grades well as a pass-catcher and blocker - reliable complimentary back in the NFL and one of the underrated late round RBs in this class.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Compactly built with some deceiving body strength - good north-south momentum...low pad level and runs close to the ground with a fluid body type...nice cutback and burst to make defenders miss with quick feet to sidestep defenders and flip on the jets...stiff ankles but has some body wiggle to avoid tackles...good vision and patience at the LOS to read blocks, spurt through holes and get to the second level...knack for the big play with several productive runs on his resume...soft hands out of the backfield and very reliable as a pass-catcher.

High effort blocker and works hard to get in position, using proper technique...NFL bloodlines - relative of wide receivers Santana and Sinorice Moss...selfless player with high football character - waited his turn to be the starter in Madison...very productive career, finishing fourth in school history in rushing yards (4,015), third in rushing scores (45), first in yards per carry average (6.2) and first in receiving yards for a RB (670).

WEAKNESSES: Limited frame and strength, lacking the body type to add much more muscle to his frame - will likely never be 210+ pounds and added maybe 10 pounds since arriving in Madison...offers little power and won't break many tackles...will be steamrolled at times in pass protection, simply lacking the base to anchor...lacks ideal long-speed to consistently run away from defenders...not overly elusive - wins more with hesitation than natural explosion and COD...questionable workload in the NFL and used to sharing the workload...only one season as the full-time starter.

--Dane Brugler

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Player News
05/13/2014 - 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: Round 4/130 -- James White, RB, 5-10, 195, Wisconsin...With both starter Stevan Ridley and third-down back Shane Vereen heading into the final year of their rookie contracts, New England clearly wanted to add depth and developmental talent to the backfield committee. White, who opened and closed his four-year college career with 1,000-yard campaigns, is a guy familiar with sharing the load for the Badgers, and unlike Ridley, his two fumbles in 754 career touches show the kind of ball security that coach Bill Belichick demands. - The Sports Xchange


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