Re: Jame White
posted at 5/26/2014 6:36 PM EDT
In response to mbeaulieu07's comment:
I've watched a ton of White's tape and I keep thinking that his style is very reminiscent of Emmitt Smith's.
No, I'm not saying he's the same level talent of Emmitt or that he'll have anything close to the same career. But if you concentrate on style only, they're very similar.
Both display excellent vision, patience and balance, run with a low center or gravity, have very good make-you-miss in the hole and open field due to very good suddenness and an ability to cut on a dime... and like Smith, White looks like a potential factor on passing downs.
Now Smith was a bigger back (12-15+ pounds, though I'd exect White to gain some weight), and had more natural power, but both were listed at 5-9 and have solid, compact builds.
Again, not in any way saying that White will be Smith or anything close... but I see some similarities.
Could not agree more. I feel the exact same way about everything you wrote here...to the cutting ability, field vision, make you miss qualities...to the Smith's size and power advantage. That will be the key - can White add that size and strength? Because if he can't he'll most likely be a backup or third down back, and I'd love to see him be much more than that.
I really respect Smith so much more as a runner when I look at these two, because Smith is everything White is, but with that ability to run through a 250 pound linebacker (at that limited size)...that's pretty rare.