Johnny White   RB   North Carolina

TALENT BOARD

 Round 1


 

STRENGTHS

This is one of the best running backs in this draft.  He has excellent talent and natural instincts and plays in a pro style offense.  Johnny has natural gifts to catch the ball out of the backfield, to be used in the slot and catch the ball down the field like a receiver.  He is excellent at picking up a blitz and blocking.  Johnny has the power and strength to run through the tackles as well as the speed to take the ball to the outside.  This kid is a complete running back.  He is football smart and shows leadership skills through his play on the field.  If he hadn't broken his collar bone at the beginning of the year, he just might have been rated as the best all around running back in this draft. There is no learning going on for this kid -- he is a natural.

 

CONCERNS

Johnny needs to stay healthy.  If he does, he will be considered one of the steals in this draft.  As of this writing, Johnny is not listed on our top 200.  That should change if he can work out some time before the draft.

   

BOTTOM LINE

I saw Johnny in two games this year before he got injured.  The first time he took the ball on a run, the hair on the back of my neck stood up and I got the "this kid has star power" chills. The announcers talked about how he has played on both side of the ball, but all I can tell you is that seeing him at running back seemed like he had been there all of his life.  He knows how to set up blocks for his offensive linemen and can catch the ball down the field.  In fact, Johnny was North Carolina's whole offense before he got injured. I don't know if Johnny will get selected in this draft.  Remember the name Johnny (The Natural) White because when he gets on the field, you cannot deny seeing his natural talents and his ability to impact.  He just has to stay healthy.  I know I'm going out on a limb here as far as most people are concerned, but this is why we use the two board system.  I am not bound to tell you what you want to hear or expect to hear.  All I am bound to do is tell you what I see.  You Mark Ingram fans and Jordan Todman fans, don't worry.  Johnny will not sniff the 1st round or 2nd round.  In fact, he most likely won't be selected in the first three rounds, but he will be one of the best running backs out of this draft when it is all said and done.

 

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 Drew Boylhart   March/11