PRO 2022 Rookie Spotlight: Zamir White, RB Georgia

2022 Rookie Spotlight: Zamir White, RB Georgia
Height: 6-0Weight: 214
Hands: 8 1/2″
Arm: 31 1/2″
40 yard dash: 4.40
NFL Comparison: Marshawn Lynch

College Production (Final Season)
30% team rushes
3% team receptions
14% total team yards
16% total team TDs

– violent, hair-on-fire runner
– consensus top-rated high school RB recruit in the country in 2018
– excellent size/speed combo- tests with elite burst
– 94th percentile broad jump, 93rd 40-time, 91st 10yd split
– great leg drive and contact balance- good vision and finishing power
– elite shed-ability in hips through the LOS 

– two major ACL injuries before entering the league (different knees)
– small hands
– was not used in the receiving game at Georgia thanks to teammate James Cook
– more powerful and straight-line than agile
– benefited from much better blocking than many in the class
– terrible at mitigating contact, a real risk to get hurt on any given run
– sort of skinny through lower legs

Scouting Notes: White is a powerful runner with adequate size and the type of physique we’ve seen be able to hold up at the NFL level in high-level contributor roles. While his lower legs are a little bit skinny in the mold of Darrell Henderson or Darren McFadden, his body overall leaves very little to be desired by the eyeball test. He’s a powerful runner who can build up a head of steam quickly to navigate through holes and lanes at the line of scrimmage, showing off elite shed-ability of tackles through his hips and an extremely tough overall package to take down. More fast and powerful than agile and/or particularly crafty, White mosts easily projects as the “hammer” in an RB platoon more so than the change-of-pace lightning rod. It was the role he played at UGA alongside James Cook and it’s easy to envision that continuing at the NFL level. White, once rated the No.1 RB prospect in the nation as a high schooler, also has injury concerns as he’s already had ACL tears in each of his knees (2016 and 2018). 

Fantasy Outlook: White is a relatively well-known name and dynasty leaguers, especially those in devy leagues, have been aware of him for quite some time. He is not likely to be a mystery in your dynasty rookie draft, and a player you should expect to see go off the board as early as the early 2nd round of 12-team, non-superflex leagues. Going after White currently are RBs like Jerome Ford, Dameon Pierce, and even his UGA teammate James Cook. Given the value to be had just after White is going off the board in mid-April along with the injury concerns, White is a little bit of a risky pick at current ADP. Of course, given the level of talent he possesses as a slasher in the mold of Marshawn Lynch, he could end up being a home-run pick at current valuation. It will be a decision about the “flavor” of RB you are looking at during that point in the draft. 

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