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Report: NFL Team Called Rachaad White's Camp to Draft Him After Bucs Already Took RB

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVMay 9, 2022

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - MARCH 04: Rachaad White #RB34 of Arizona State runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 04, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
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The NFL draft process is long, so much so that it's easy to doze off and miss a pick here and there—even if you're running an NFL team.

Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reported Monday that a team contacted the representatives for running back Rachaad White, saying they planned on drafting him in the fourth round.

The unnamed team seemingly thought it was getting a steal—and it would have been had White not been taken a round earlier by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

On one hand, this is a beyond-relatable scenario. Every person who has ever been in a fantasy league has forgotten to mark off a player and then attempted to take him in a later round. You go from feeling like the smartest guy in the room to being the butt of joke the second the name comes out of your mouth. 

On the other hand, a fantasy manager is just one person. They are not billion-dollar organizations with a general manager, an assistant general manager, several other executives and scouts all in a room. That everyone in the organization managed to miss White being taken is somewhat feasible in a fast-paced draft. That everyone missed it despite having an entire day between the end of Round 3 and Round 4 is, frankly, hilarious.

As for White, the Arizona State product sees himself competing for a starting job despite the presence of Leonard Fournette.

“My expectation, my goal is I’m going in there competing,” White said on the Jim Rome Show (h/t JoeBucsFan.com). “I want to be the starting running back. That’s how it go. I know I got Lenny in front of me. And you know I’m going to soak up a lot of knowledge from Lenny in that running backs room—and Giovani Bernard. That’s just the type of guy I am. You know, I’m always a competitor first.”

Fournette rushed for a team-high 812 yards and eight touchdowns last season. White will likely open camp competing with 2020 third-round pick Ke'Shawn Vaughn for the second spot on the depth chart after Ronald Jones left in free agency.