At least one NFL Draft expert loves the Bills’ fifth-round pick.
ESPN’s Todd McShay considers Johnny White among the biggest sleepers in the entire 2011 draft class. Read on after the jump to see his thoughts:
“One of the most underrated players regardless of position in this year’s draft is Johnny White from North Carolina,” said McShay. ”He played different positions early in his career and was a defensive back and moved him to a wide receiver role and they tinkered with him. He’s a little over 5’10” and a little over 200 pounds. Your average NFL size for a back.
“He has quickness and that lateral agility and the ability to make the sharp cuts and explode. He has tremendous ball skills and if you’re not going to be a starter right away as a running back you’ve got to contribute on third down and you’ve got to contribute on special teams. Johnny White can catch the ball as well as any back in this class and is very productive as a return specialist. I think he has a lot of upside in that regard.”
I gotta say, even though I hadn’t really thought about Buffalo taking a running back, I really like this pick. White is going to find a way onto the field in 2011 and help the Bills win games. If CJ Spiller can’t get his pass-blocking act together, White could easily find a niche as Buffalo’s third-down back.