Premature grades for Buccaneers day two draft picks

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Rachaad White – Running Back, Arizona State

This is the one that’s gonna get the fans divided. We knew it was coming eventually things were going a little TOO smooth.

Here’s the thing though. Is Rachaad White the first choice for a lot of fans? Probably not. Then again who is?

White is a big back. He’s about 6’2″ and 210 pounds but doesn’t run like it. That’s not meant to be a knock, he simply isn’t as much of a power runner as someone his size would be expected to be. He’s one of the more “natural” runners in the draft, and almost makes it looked effortless.

He is also a back that gets involved in the passing game, so with all things considered, he should compliment Leonard Fournette well. They both have similar builds and skill-sets, but with more of a thunder/lightning contrast.

What this means for the Ke’Shawn Vaughns and Giovanni Bernands of the world remains to be seen, as does who fills the Ronald Jones role. Then again, it’s Todd Bowles’ team now, and Tom Brady should have even more say in the offense, so we really don’t know what to expect.

The Buccaneers are expected to run the ball more under Bowles, and with the offensive line they’ve built, it should be fair to give any rookie running back a chance. There are just a lot of questions still to be answered, more than usual.