2022 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Arizona State RB Rachaad White

Brian Lamb
Brian Lamb is the owner of NFL Draft Lounge and has covered the NFL Draft since 2011. Brian is also the owner of the Infinity Sports Network, which NFL Draft Lounge belongs to.

When Herm Edwards was announced as the head coach of the Arizona State Sun Devils, I didn’t think it would work out. However, I couldn’t have been more wrong. The program has consistently put talent into the NFL. This season, Rachaad White, a two-year community college transfer, entered his second season for the Sun Devils. In this 2022 scouting report, we’ll breakdown Rachaad White and how his skills and abilities will translate into the NFL.

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Rachaad White 40 Time

I currently have Rachaad White listed to run a 4.45 40 time. On film, White has excellent burst and acceleration to break off big runs downfield. He has an excellent ability to hit his top speed quickly, allowing him to outrun defenders at the second level. Additionally, his speed really comes out on video as White is used as a wide receiver on short and intermediate routes.

 

Rachaad White Injury History

Rachaad White has a clear injury history. White has played for Arizona State for two seasons. Prior to that, White played for Mt. San Antonio College in California. He appears to have a clean injury history during his time there as well.

 

Rachaad White Scouting Report

Pros
  • Excellent Abilities When Lined Up As A Wide Receiver
  • Great Contact Balance As He Fights For Additional Yardage
  • Good Ability To Reach His Top-End Speed Quickly Once Through The Line Of Scrimmage
Cons
  • Plays A Bit Undersized When Up Against Defensive Linemen
  • Has Adequate Lateral Agility At The Line Of Scrimmage To Make Defenders Miss
  • Ability To Attack Defenders And Establish Leverage As A Blocker Is Marginal At Best

Rachaad White is a two-year starter for Arizona State University. White was a community college transfer from Mt. San Antonio College in California. He has the athleticism and speed to become a three-down back in the NFL. Has good height and weight for the running back position, although I do believe that it would be beneficial for him to add more weight to his frame.

White does a solid job of finding lanes between the tackles. Has a solid change of direction ability to find an open lane and hit it quickly. His patience at the line of scrimmage to let plays develop is also solid. Has an okay ability to bounce runs outside if lanes aren’t open between the tackles. Displays a solid ability to accelerate to his top speed quickly once he hits the second-level. Has a good use of hands at the point of attack to elude defenders for yards after the catch or run. Also shows good contact balance to remain upright through heavy contact.

Has a good catch radius to secure catches away from his body. Also shows a good natural catch ability to secure the ball and read the field ahead of him quickly. On downfield routes, he has good footwork at the top of the route to create instant space. As a blocker, he has a solid ability to recover and regain momentum versus defender.

Rachaad White has a marginal ability to attack defenders and establish leverage as a blocker. Displays adequate lateral agility to make defenders miss at the line of scrimmage. At the point of attack, his size and strength are also adequate. I’d also like to see him improve in his vision from the backfield to find running lanes quickly.

 

Rachaad White NFL Draft Projection

I currently have Rachaad White listed as a late third to early fourth round prospect in the 2022 NFL Draft. I see upside in drafting him to work primarily as a receiver out of the backfield. Additionally, I believe that White could eventually become a three-down back in the NFL, although I think it will take a few seasons.

If Rachaad White wants to make a career in the NFL, he’ll need to find a way to improve in pass protection. Furthermore, I’d like to see him become more patient behind the line of scrimmage to allow plays to develop.

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