Zamir White | Georgia 6’0” 214 lbs. | 9/18/1999 (Age 22)
Zamir White was drafted with the 17th pick of the fourth round by the Las Vegas Raiders, becoming the eighth running back and 122nd overall player selected in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Zamir White was the number one RB in his class coming out of high school and a top-ten national recruit. “Zeus” had torn an ACL late in his senior season, however, and then tore his other ACL in August 2018, which caused him to redshirt the fall. White returned for the 2019 season and earned the school’s David Jacobs Award for overcoming injury by playing in 13 games and rushing 78 times for 408 yards and three TDs. White started all 10 games in 2020, leading the Bulldogs with 779 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on 144 carries. He also caught six passes for 37 yards. In 2021, White led the national champions with 856 rushing yards and 11 scores on 160 carries while catching nine passes for 75 yards in 15 games (12 starts).
Many scouts didn’t know what to prepare for given Zeus’s history of knee injuries, but he blew away the 40-yard dash. He ran a 4.40-flat at 6’0” and 214 lbs. This is an excellent time that reminds us why he was so highly sought after coming out of high school. His 33.5” vertical and 128” broad jumps are serviceable measures.
Rapid Reaction to Draft Capital: Average
Rapid Reaction to Landing Spot: Great
Zamir White was selected with the 122nd overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft by the Las Vegas Raiders.
Zeus is a pro-ready running back with the size, strength, speed, and pass-protection experience necessary to step in and play in 2022. The landing spot is good, as the Raiders have always shown willingness to run the ball early and often. Additionally, Josh Jacobs is in the final year of his deal. Your author’s favorite attribute about Zeus is that he made plays on special teams throughout his career. He returned six kickoffs, blocked an Arkansas punt in 2020, and recovered a blocked punt in the end zone against the Razorbacks for a touchdown the following year. He has humility and a competitive streak and is willing to do whatever is needed to play and try to get on the field–which makes him different from a lot of top recruits. This landing spot and mid-fourth round draft capital put Zeus in that late-second to early-third round range in dynasty rookie drafts.
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