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Drafted By: Patriots

Combine Results

5.1 ?
  • 4.57 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 23 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 32.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 114.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.05 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.20 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.76 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"This is a patience grasshopper. When you think of the running backs at Wisconsin ... Montee ball was there, before him it was John Clay, and now there's Melvin Gordon. He's a rotational guy." -- Charles Davis

  • 5'9" Height
  • 29 1/4" Arm Length
  • 204LBS. Weight
  • 8 1/4" Hands


Distant cousin of NFL players Santana and Sinorice Moss. The Florida prep also played baseball. Named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2010 after leading the team in rushing with 156 carries for 1,052 yards (6.7-yard average) and 14 touchdowns while grabbing 11 passes for 88 yards (8.0) in 12 games. Did not play at Purdue with a left knee injury (sprained MCL). In '11, he saw action in all 14 games and logged 141-713-6 (5.1) on the ground and 15-150-0 (10.0) in the air. Missed most of '12 spring practice with left knee (tear in meniscus) injury. Spent the fall as a backup to Broncos 2013 second-rounder Montee Ball and was the second-leading rusher with 125-806-12 (6.4) while grabbing 8-132-1 (16.5) in 14 games. Had 119 rushing yards, four rushing touchdowns and threw a 3-yard touchdown pass in the Big Ten Championship game against Nebraska. Was the Badgers' second-leading rusher in '13 after amassing 221-1,444-13 (6.5) in 13 games, including the first 12 starts of his career (only non-start was Ohio State). Also hauled in 39-300-2 (7.7). Helped set the FBS single-season record with 3,052 rushing yards by teammates (Melvin Gordon 1,609). Had 670 career receiving yards, which set the school record for a running back. Had 39 career kickoff returns for 765 yards (19.6-yard average).



Controlled mover with a low center of gravity. Good vision, balance and short-area burst. Shifty runner -- cuts efficiently and jukes tacklers. Shows competitive speed. Finishes runs. Willing blocker in pass protection. Takes care of the football -- fumbled just twice in 754 career touches. Has kickoff-return experience. Tough and competitive. Good football aptitude. Highly respected by teammates and coaches.


Played in an offense that helped inflate his production. Undersized with exceptionally short arms and small hands. Run strength is just adequate. Limited power to move the pile or bust through tackles. Lacks bulk strength to stymie blitzers. Was never a feature back, splitting carries with Broncos 2013 second-rounder Montee Ball as a junior and Melvin Gordon as a senior.

Draft Projection

Round 7-Priority free agent

Bottom Line

White had a very productive career despite splitting carries for four years, and offers a balanced enough skill set to factor as a recyclable, complementary, change-of-pace back in the pros.
-Nolan Nawrocki
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.