Nov 30, 2013; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers running back James White (20) during the game with Penn State at Camp Randall Stadium. Penn State defeated Wisconsin 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports
I had the chance to ask Wisconsin running back, James White, a few questions about his scouting combine experience and his draft preparation.
How did you prepare for the combine workouts?
“I trained with Pete Bommarito in Miami and worked on all the drills. We really emphasized taking care of my body to perform my best.”
You’ve been surrounded by talented running backs your entire playing career. Often times you were overshadowed by other guys. What kept you motivated?
“Just trying to be the best out there. Facing the best competition elevates your game. I was grateful to compete with some great guys which made me better.”
What sets you apart from the other running backs in the draft?
“My versatility, overall. I believe I am the most versatile running back in the draft. I can do everything, and don’t have to be taken off the field.”
What is one aspect of your game that you are looking to improve between now and May?
“Pass Blocking. It’s very important at the next level to ensure the quarterback is protected. Always room for improvement in that area.”
Which offensive system do you feel fits you most?
“I believe I can be effective in any system.”
What was the most important takeaway from being surrounded by other top prospects and NFL scouts at both the Senior Bowl and the Combine?
“Just competing against those guys. Overall a great experience. I didn’t take it lightly, worked hard, and went out there and performed.”
Who has been your biggest mentor during the draft preparation process?
“Giovani Bernard and Montee Ball. They guided me as far as what to expect and about the entire process. My Dad always keeps me motivated.”
Which NFL running back do you look up to most?
“I really respect Arian Foster. Just to see his journey from being undrafted to having a very successful career.”
Favorite Wisconsin football moment?
“Beating Ohio State freshman year at home. I scored the winning touchdown”
Who was the toughest defender you faced in college?
What is your favorite off the field activity?
“Hanging out with my teammates, listening to music, and playing video games.”
James White may not be the first running back selected in the upcoming draft, but I believe he has the talent and ability to have a long and successful career as an NFL starter. His versatility and playing style will enable him to be an instant contributor for whichever team selects him in May.
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