Rachaad White Key Stats:
Running Back, Arizona State
UCLA, Arizona, Utah, BYU, USC
Positives Scouts Saw:
- Exceptional lateral agility
- Exceptional receiver, he might be the best pure pass-catching RB in the class
- Long speed, home run hitter
Negatives Scouts Saw:
- A slow first cut, can he hit the second gear in the NFL?
- Not a lot of carries over 15 yards (11)
- Benefitted from excellent offensive line play
Positives I Saw:
- Outstanding receiving back, gorgeous in space
- Makes guys miss
- Great footwork and vision
Negatives I Saw:
- Runs wayyyy too tall
- Speed doesn’t necessarily equal explosion
- Not great between the tackles
As a Prospect:
Rachaad White projects to be one of the most in-demand pass-catching RBs in this draft class. He runs exactly like David Johnson, in that he is as upright as they come. This isn’t great for his prospects as a between the tackles runner. In short, White looks like a running back, plays like a wide receiver and is dangerous in space. His combine and workout numbers indicate that he does have that long speed, but scouts repeatedly questioned how quickly he can find that second gear.
Fantasy Football Potential:
Rachaad White could be a PPR gem next season, handing hurry-up offense, 3rd down, and spell duties for a more established lead back. A team like Tennessee would make a lot of sense for White, since his utility would allow him to get 3-7 targets a game depending on game script, and with a QB that likes to check down White would be a monster out of the backfield. His tape and numbers indicate that he’s a guy that can make people miss in space, and if you combine his YAC ability with his hands and route running, you have a major plug-and-play guy. I don’t want him over a player that can be an every-down starter, but if you took White as the RB 4-6 off the board in dynasty rookie drafts I think you made out like a bandit. I can’t see him having a weekly value in redraft leagues this year, however.
I like Rachaad White, and I think he and James Cook are the last of a major tier of running backs before we enter “the blob” of guys that can all be somewhat interchangeable and we can’t truly rank before we know their landing spot and projected role in 2022 and beyond. White should be a serviceable 3rd down option and have PPR value in fantasy next year. White has the ability to play RB and WR, but will most likely end up doing something similar to your JDs McKissic, Giovannis Bernard, Dukes Johnson, and Dannys Woodhead. However, teams are prioritizing that skill set more and more, and White has the opportunity to make a career for himself in the same way those guys did. As I said earlier, White has the chance to be the best receiving back in this class, and could even be used in the slot or out wide.
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