Former Wisconsin Badgers RB James White discusses his Pro Day, where he was able to showcase his skills one more time in front of NFL scouts, and what lies ahead.
James White had one last chance to impress NFL scouts at the Pro Day. He previously played in the Senior Bowl and participated at the combine.
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By James White
It was definitely good to go out there at Pro Day and just be able to play football and not worry about doing any of the testing drills. Just go out there and fly around and show I was in shape. I didn't have to do too much. I just ran routes and caught the ball, so it wasn't too bad.
I'm very confident in catching the football. It's something I'd like to do at the next level. I did mostly routes out of the backfield, I only did like two routes as a receiver.
I was expecting to do more, but you just do what you're told and that's the business.
I didn't really talk to any teams afterwards. There was a good amount of teams to see us, but it was mostly scouts.
It's all about when they put on the game tape. That's the most important part of the evaluation process.
Either way, it is always good to showcase what you have no matter how many people are there. But you never know what is going to happen on draft day. You can get talked to 100 times and you still don't know what's going to happen. It is different. One team takes one person and everything gets messed up. It definitely is different and hopefully you hear your name called.
I was happy to see Dezmen Southward do really well at Pro Day. He's a guy I know he would have done really well at the combine if he was cleared and been allowed to perform. So I knew he'd come out at Pro Day and give it all he had and pretty much destroy every drill.
We played together one year -- he's one year older than me. He did those same type numbers when were we in high school training to do this stuff and he'd just step out on the field and do better than all of us. I just knew how freakishly athletic he was. He was one of those guys you knew was going to be good. He just had to get out there and practice and get some coaching and you knew he'd turn into a great player.
For me, now I'll just train and stay in shape. I'll work out up here in Wisconsin for a little bit with the training staff and a few other guys, then head back to Florida and if I have any individual workouts go to those then probably more running back drills there.