Rachaad White selected by Tampa Bay Buccaneers in third round of 2022 NFL Draft
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have selected former Arizona State running back Rachaad White with the 91st overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft (27th of the third round).
White received second-team All-Pac-12 honors in 2021 and led the Sun Devils with 1,006 yards and 15 touchdowns on 182 carries (5.5 per carry). He also was the Sun Devils’ second-leading pass-catcher, hauling in 43 receptions for 456 yards and another score.
The 6-0 214-pound back was the fourth running back taken in the draft.
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The Missouri native will join a Tampa Bay backfield that features Leonard Fournette and Giovani Bernard. After joining the Sun Devil program by way of Mt. San Antonio College ahead of the 2020 season, White appeared in 15 total games and ran for 20 touchdowns. He boasted a career 6.4 yards-per-carry clip and averaged nearly 100 rushing yards a game.
NFL analyst Lance Zierlein had this to say on White:
Running back with size and senior year production, but the tape is more average than exciting. White is a tight-hipped runner lacking desired lateral agility and burst after changing direction. He has a tendency to be slowed or stopped by first-level tacklers but is a more natural runner once he gets up to the second level. He fails to show enough creativity to escape the “gets what is blocked” tag, but he does run with adequate vision. His lack of breakaway speed and limited special teams background won’t help his chances, so he needs to shine early in camp to give himself an opportunity to make a team as a RB3.