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Sleeper RB

Posted by Chris Brown on April 3, 2011 – 4:47 am

This time of year everyone is on the lookout for that big time sleeper no matter the position. There’s one this year at the running back position.

North Carolina RB Johnny White, has a story that reads much like George Wilson’s NFL career. Recruited as a running back, White was asked to change positions after his freshman season and played more than half his sophomore season at cornerback. He then played some receiver as a junior before ultimately switching back to running back full time his senior year.

He was also a co-captain on special teams where he was a standout in coverage and returned kicks.

He was invited to the combine, but was not in top form due to a broken collar bone suffered against Florida State in November. Still he ran a 4.5, had a 32 1/2 inch vertical, a 9’9″ broad jump. Obviously coming off the collar bone injury he didn’t bench.

Position drills is where White shines. Just ask ESPN analyst Todd McShay, who is high on White.

“One of the most underrated players regardless of position in this year’s draft is Johnny White,” McShay said. “They tinkered with him there position-wise at North Carolina. He’s a little over 5’10” and a little over 200 pounds. Your average NFL size for a back. He has quickness and that lateral agility and the ability to make the sharp cuts and explode.

“He has tremendous ball skills and if you’re not going to be a starter right away as a running back you’ve got to contribute on third down and you’ve got to contribute on special teams. Johnny White can catch the ball as well as any back in this class and is very productive as a return specialist. I think he has a lot of upside in that regard.”

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