Dallas Cowboys RB Prospect: James White

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Continuing our YDCFF series of scouting reports, I am moving on to the RB position. James White made the 2013 consensus All Big 10 second team and finished his career ranked No. 4 all-time at Wisconsin with 4,015 rushing yards.

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Considering DeMarco Murray’s track record with injuries, the question marks surrounding Lance Dunbar’s injury, and Phillip Tanner being a free agent, the Dallas Cowboys need some depth at the running back position. James White is a complete RB and a perfect candidate to be the complimentary back behind Murray.

 

 

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James White, RB

Height | Weight: 5-10  206

College: Wisconsin

40 time: 4.52

Grade: 80.5 | Round: 4-5

 

Official Badgers team Bio

 

  • 2013: Consensus second-team All-Big Ten
  • 2013 Preseason: Doak Walker Award watch list, Maxwell Award watch list, 3rd team All-Big Ten (Athlon, Phil Steele)
  • 2012 Preseason: Named to the Doak Walker Award Watch List
  • 2010: Consensus Big Ten Freshman of the Year … second-team All-Big Ten (media), honorable mention All-Big Ten (coaches) Rivals.com, Sporting News and CollegeFootballNews.com first-team Freshman All-American … Wisconsin’s Rookie of the Year … Mid-season: Named third-team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele

Career

Finished career ranked No. 4 all-time at Wisconsin with 4,015 rushing yardsranks third all-time at UW in rushing touchdowns (45), tied for the eighth-most in Big Ten history … ranks third all-time at UW in total touchdowns (48), the ninth-most by a Big Ten player … set UW record for career average per rushing attempt at 6.24 yards per carry, the fifth-best mark in Big Ten history … with 1,052 rushing yards as a freshman and 1,444 as a senior, became eighth player in school history with multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons … in 2013, combined with RB Melvin Gordon (1,609) to set FBS single-season record for rushing yards by teammates at 3,053 yards finished with 18 career 100-yard rushing games, tied for the sixth-most in school history … combined with teammates to give UW multiple 100-yard rushers in a game 15 times … recorded longest run in school history with 93-yard TD run on UW’s first play from scrimmage vs. Indiana on Nov. 16, 2013 … set school record for receiving yards by a running back with 670 for his career … finished career ranked No. 4 all-time at UW with 5,450 all-purpose yards … did not start a game at running back until season opener of senior year in 2013

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  • Film Study
  • James White is an athletic freak of nature… Tenacious… Light on his feet… Agile… Explosive burst… Good vision… Patient… Elite ability to change direction and break to the outside… Elite quickness… Makes good cuts… Deceivingly strong for his small stature… Good stiff arm… Keeps his legs moving and powers through tackles… Good second effort… Has a nose for the endzone… Can move a pile despite his size… Is a good goal line back, because with his small stature he can burst through tight seams… Plays low to the ground and is a hard to grab small target for tall defensive linemen…
  • Able to be used fairly effectively in pass protect… Understands his assignments… Effective out of the Wildcat and was even used to throw the ball down field… Makes good reads on hots… Good route runner… Soft hands… Does a nice job finding soft spots in zones… Was referred to by some as the #3 rec at Wisconsin… Able to make guys miss in the open field… Good straight line speed… Has the ability to turn any short pass in to a big gain… Complete RB…

If you give this kid an inch of daylight he will make you pay for it. He has all of the intangibles of a 1st to 2nd round running back. The only thing holding him back is his size. He spent most of his career as a complimentary back and I believe that will be his role at the next level. I hate like hell to put him in the 4th-5th round because of his intangibles, but at the next level I just don’t see him being able to take the pounding of a number one back. NFL Comparison: Doug Martin

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  • Gabriel Carrasco

    Well Murray proved us wrong, is always hurt though. Maybe this guy proves us wrong too. Remember Emmitt, Irvin asked “where in the hell did the Cowboys find this guy. But when he hit the field he turned into Superman.” Sounds good, I am just wary of Wisconsin backs. You know the whole O lineman U kind of thing.

    • this guy has mad skills, ol has nothing to do with he does to make things happen when there is no hole, with his hands, and in the open field

      • Gabriel Carrasco

        I will see, I haven’t looked at him yet. Just wary of guys from Wisconsin, I know it is biased. But Wisconsin always churns out good O linemen.

      • Al

        Good points Cas.

  • Gabriel Carrasco

    I love that you put him in the 4th to 5th round, because we could have a chance to get him. I hate it too, Gabe Jackson has top 10 talent, but is a pure G, and so I have him ranked in the 2nd round.

    • Al

      I really like the kid, but knowing how NFL scouts think, he will end up there on most boards. Jackson showed everyone that Donald isn’t as advertised. He shut him down in the Sr Bowl. Hell, he hasn’t even been drafted yet. How effective will Donald be against seasoned NFL guards?

      • I am liking Jackson more and more each day.

        • Gabriel Carrasco

          The next Larry Allen. Jackson better be a Cowboy. If not, he goes to the Lions, watch.

          • don’t say that lol, knowing our luck he will go to a division rival

  • Gabriel Carrasco

    You should look up the guy named Christian Blood he writes for Bleacherreport and TheLandryHat. You would hate him. He hates Cole Beasley, in every way possible, calling him a midget, and nothing more than a 4th WR at best. Yet he wants to draft a guy named Jimmy Gallon who is the same size, but faster. Pretty sure, Beasley’s conversions for 1st downs, was no fluke since he did it throughout the season. Beasley is a lot better than a 4th WR.

    • I dont read bleacher report and I quit on the Landry hat. These are not experts they hire pretty much anyone who will write for free.

      • Gabriel Carrasco

        Yep, I just read them, because it talks about the Cowboys, but then I read it, and I have no idea what they are talking about.

  • californy

    I seen an article where the Cowboys may let Murry walk after this season, so, we may be needing a starter not a player who will be Murry back up

    • I think this guys could be a starter. He is durable and never missed a game due to injury in college

  • californy

    I be honest I wasnt thinking of drafting a rB in the draft till after 6th rd after we trade down for more picks

    • Gabriel Carrasco

      Same here, but chances are we do need another RB. Unlike our WR position, Murray is hurt always, Dunbar has fumbling issues, and he is hurt, Tanner is a FA, and then Randle has not proved anything yet. Everyone wants a freaking WR there on Cowboys.com, but I do think RB is more important.

      • I agree: RB’s take a lot more of a beating than wr’s. we don’t have enough depth at RB. we have plenty of WR’s

    • This team doesn’t know how to find late round RB’s they even blow it on 1st rounders like felix lol

  • Gabriel Carrasco

    If he can run behind Gabe Jackson, maybe he becomes a full time player. Our line is at least solid when it comes to the ground game. But improvement there is still needed.