Johnny White to Buffalo Bills: 2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report
Todd McShay gave big praise to the 5'10", 209-pound Johnny White when he called him "the most underrated running back in the entire class."
At UNC, White consistently provided the Tar Heels with a reliable second backfield weapon. His running style, although reckless at times, keeps defenses honest. The 720 yards on 130 carries he compiled during his senior season are pedestrian numbers that won't impress anybody, but his primary virtue appears to be his unique ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. He runs routes better than most running backs, and his 24 catches for 288 yards in 2010 attests to his aptitude in that facet of the game.
Although versatile, his athleticism is dubious at best, and he is definitely undersized. That being said, he was never overworked in college and has plenty of room to improve—a solid pick for a team willing to use up a selection on a bit of a project.
The Bills identified themselves as that team on Saturday, taking a bit of a flyer on White early in the fifth round. Fred Jackson's job is clearly in no jeopardy, and the Bills already have a ton of depth at RB, but Johnny White could eventually prove valuable in specialized running situations.
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