Well, I didn’t see that coming. Buffalo surprisingly went running back early in the fifth round, taking North Carolina’s Johnny White with the 133rd overall pick.
It’s pretty clear the Bills are going with the “best player available” approach, as running back certainly wasn’t a big need with Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller on the board. There’s a good chance that White was the top ranked player on the Bills’ board at the time of the pick, as White was pretty high on a lot of board. Scouts Inc. had White ranked as their #6 RB and 85th-ranked player overall, so getting him at #133 in the fifth round could certainly be seen as a value.
There’s a lot of like about White. He has exceptional agility and quickness with a ton of heart. He runs HARD. White’s got pretty good hands and is a good route runner, so I can see him as a 3rd-down back. He’s also a great special teams player, particularly as a gunner on punts.
White had a bit of an interesting career at North Carolina, as he was actually moved to cornerback as a sophomore, before moving back to running back as a junior. He missed the final four games of the 2010 season with a broken clavicle.
So this pick is interesting. A simple case of “best player available” or is it C.J. Spiller bust insurance?