New England Patriots: 5 wishes for the 2022 NFL Draft

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South Carolina Gamecocks running back ZaQuandre White (11) Photo: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports /

RB ZaQuandre White, South Carolina

In a very mediocre running back class, ZaQuandre White stands out, and not just for his name. Not taking anything away from Texas A&M’s Isaiah Spiller and Iowa State’s Breece Hall. They may be the best backs in this year’s draft, but White is my favorite.

Based on White’s highlights, he might be the most elusive workhorse in this year’s draft. To be clear, most elusive workhorse. There are smaller third down backs that are way quicker than White. But when you watch the tape, White just makes defenders miss.

It makes no sense. White’s Relative Athletic Score is a poor 4.15. He’s slow, had poor results in the 20-yard shuttle and 3-cone drills. But you wouldn’t think that was the case watching White start, stop, and change directions to get away from would-be tacklers.

To top it all off, at 6-0, 215 pounds, he’s built to carry the load and is a good receiver out of the backfield. Overall, White reminds me of LeSean McCoy, which seems like too much of a compliment.

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Now do the New England Patriots need another back? No. They have the Damien Harris-Rhamondre Stevenson 1-2 punch. There’s concern that Harris will be a free agent after the season, but running backs don’t get paid, so New England should be willing to keep Harris. But if the Patriots want a back-up plan, White would be the best available if he lasts until day three.