RB - TB
Despite inking Leonard Fournette to a new three-year deal, resigning Giovani Bernard, and still having incumbent Ke'Shawn Vaughn on the roster, the team spent a third-round draft pick on Rachaad White. White followed up his final season at Arizona State, where he racked up 3.38 yards after contact per attempt and 2.25 yards per route run (ninth, minimum 20 targets per PFF) by blowing up the combine. White finished with an 84th percentile speed score and 87th percentile burst score. This looks like a crowded backfield on paper, but the team has shown the willingness to utilize one back as a do-it-all rusher and receiver. This would leave White as the Uncle Len backup plan with workhorse upside if the injury bug bit Fournette.
Rookie RB Rachaad White looks just like Leonard Fournette's backup at the moment. But there's an outcome where he delivers massive upside should Lenny go down with an injury or revert back to Fat Lenny.
White has shades of David Johnson and Le'Veon Bell in his style of play, which clearly didn't go unnoticed by the new senior football consultant for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Bruce Arians.
The Arizona State product ranked first in his class in receiving yards, No. 1 in yards per route run (2.24) and second in receptions (43).
His 16% target share is absolutely bonkers for a running back at the college level, and it did wonders to generate his third-round draft capital.
The same sentiment can be made for White's 31% dominator rating and 3.33 offensive yards per snap over the past two seasons. Both would have ranked in the top three in last year's class.
His yards per snap and PFF receiving grade also both rank first among the class. White's career receiving grade was superior to anybody from last year's class as well.
After a strong showing at Senior Bowl week - PFF's highest-graded rusher (74.9) - and at the NFL combine - and NFL Combine performance - 38-inch vertical jump (86th percentile), 125-inch broad jump (87th percentile) - White has league-winning potential if given the opportunity in the Buccaneers offense.
Like many RBs, Leonard Fournette has dealt with injuries in the past. He also came into mini-camp overweight. If anything happens to Lenny, Rachaad White could be the benefactor. White is an impressive rookie who shows burst and has good hands. He could be a three-down RB if given the chance. In deeper leagues, picking a backup RB on a good offense is how to win a fantasy football title. Worth a shot.
Third round pick, 81st-percentile 40-Yard, (4.48)
-84th-percentile Speed Score
-87th-percentile Burst Score
-87th-percentile College Dominator (over 100 rush yd and 456 rec yd, 16TD)
-98th-percentile College Target Share (19%)
7/19: With Lenny showing up out of shape, White's upside is now even higher.
5/15: Rumblings the team wasn't very happy with Lenny F's receiving skills, despite his elite usage. Perhaps White becomes Brady's next elite 60+ rec back?
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