With the 130th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots selected former Wisconsin Badgers running back James White in the fourth round.
The Patriots are looking to fill a void after losing LeGarrette Blount to the Pittsburgh Steelers via free agency. Another reason White was selected here is because the three current Patriot running backs–Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen and Brandon Bolden–will be entering the final year of their contracts.
White is a versatile back who does a nice job of catching the ball out of the backfield, something he will be called upon in Bill Belichick’s offense. At Wisconsin, White had arguably some of the best hands in all of college football. That should make Tom Brady a little happier.
Yes he is a little short for the position, but as history has told us that is not exactly a bad thing in New England. Another added bonus that White will bring to Foxborough, MA is that he can be used in the return if needed. Teams look for players that can contribute in special teams when called upon as White is that kind of guy.
In our Badgers mock draft done a few weeks ago, most of us had White going later in the fifth round. White is the third Wisconsin Badger drafted in the 2014 NFL Draft, joining Dez Southward (Atlanta Falcons) and Chris Borland (San Francisco 49ers).