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jim1
04-26-2009, 08:25 AM
If the NFL handed out superlatives for the draft class of 2009, the most intriguing prospect, the one that 31 teams are some day likely to wish they had spent a little more time getting to know, would be West Virginia's Pat White.

If ever there was a melding of just the right player at just the right time in the NFL draft, it would seem to be exactly now for the multi-faceted White, thanks to the high-profile success the Miami Dolphins (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/teams/dolphins) had last season running the Wildcat. To hear league personnel scouts tell it, White could wind up being the NFL's wildest cat of all, out-doing even Ronnie Brown (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/players/7178), the Wildcat's current poster-child and, somewhat by default, it's modern-day historical measuring stick.

Mike Mayock, the NFL Network draft analyst who for my money does the best job of all the draft-season talking heads, gushed over White on a conference call last week. And best I can tell, he's merely echoing the sentiments of several NFL teams when he calls White "one of the very special players'' in this year's draft.

"Pat White is not a gimmick,'' Mayock said. "He's the type of kid who you want the ball in his hands. I don't care if he's running it, throwing it, or catching it. I want the ball in his hands. Some teams like him as a quarterback. I'd take him in the second round with no hesitation, use him as a Wildcat this season, and try to develop him as a full-time quarterback, because I think he's got that kind of ability.''

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/don_banks/04/21/pat.white/index.html

jlfin
04-26-2009, 08:32 AM
If the NFL handed out superlatives for the draft class of 2009, the most intriguing prospect, the one that 31 teams are some day likely to wish they had spent a little more time getting to know, would be West Virginia's Pat White.

If ever there was a melding of just the right player at just the right time in the NFL draft, it would seem to be exactly now for the multi-faceted White, thanks to the high-profile success the Miami Dolphins (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/teams/dolphins) had last season running the Wildcat. To hear league personnel scouts tell it, White could wind up being the NFL's wildest cat of all, out-doing even Ronnie Brown (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/players/7178), the Wildcat's current poster-child and, somewhat by default, it's modern-day historical measuring stick.

Mike Mayock, the NFL Network draft analyst who for my money does the best job of all the draft-season talking heads, gushed over White on a conference call last week. And best I can tell, he's merely echoing the sentiments of several NFL teams when he calls White "one of the very special players'' in this year's draft.

"Pat White is not a gimmick,'' Mayock said. "He's the type of kid who you want the ball in his hands. I don't care if he's running it, throwing it, or catching it. I want the ball in his hands. Some teams like him as a quarterback. I'd take him in the second round with no hesitation, use him as a Wildcat this season, and try to develop him as a full-time quarterback, because I think he's got that kind of ability.''

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/don_banks/04/21/pat.white/index.html

I don't have a problem with drafting him, I just think he wasn't a good value at that point.
There are certainly more pressing needs on the team. Hopefully they can find a future player to groom to replace Porter in the next 2-3 rds.

3rdandinches
04-26-2009, 09:27 AM
No matter how well P.White turns out I now really hope Barwin, Johnson and Sintim do not turn into great players because of the regrets we're gonna have. I really wish we selected this guy in the 3rd or 4th round then I'd be alot more excited about him but the talent we passed up for him scares me.

rickd13
04-26-2009, 09:56 AM
No matter how well P.White turns out I now really hope Barwin, Johnson and Sintim do not turn into great players because of the regrets we're gonna have. I really wish we selected this guy in the 3rd or 4th round then I'd be alot more excited about him but the talent we passed up for him scares me.

I didn't like the Pat White pick either. I wanted Barwin, but there is no way Pat White was going to be there in the third round. The kid had a lot of buzz, and some team (Dallas) would have pulled the trigger on him before Miami picked again in the third round. Look at it this way, if Miami would have taken Sean Smith with their first second round pick and then Pat White with their second second round draft pick, it would have been easier to live with and justify. The Dolphins obviously wanted Pat White and didn't want to risk waiting untill 2b for fear of losing him.