Nov 30, 2013; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers running back James White (20) during the game with Penn State at Camp Randall Stadium. Penn State defeated Wisconsin 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Wisconsin Badgers RB James White Picked By New England


Wisconsin Badgers running back James White was picked Saturday in the fourth round of the NFL Draft, going to the New England Patriots with the 130th overall pick.

White ran for 1,444 yards and 13 touchdowns, averaging 6.5 yards per carry for the Badgers, and also caught 39 balls for 300 yards and two scores.

White rushed for 1,052 yards as a freshman in 2010, but was always splitting carries in the Wisconsin backfield, with John Clay, then Montee Ball and finally Melvin Gordon last year.

Through all of that, White rushed for 4,015 yards and 45 touchdowns as a Badger, averaging 6.2 yards per carry.

However, Scouts Inc., seriously downgraded White for a perceived lack of power and balance, saying that he has trouble picking up yards after contact.

He could also play on special teams for New England—he returned 40 kickoffs in his career at Wisconsin.

At a shade taller than 5-foot-9 and 204 pounds, his frame is considered a concern when it comes to projecting his durability. With a 4.57 40-yard dash time, his speed is adequate for the position.

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