My oh my have things changed.
White, a 6-2 wide receiver out of Alabama-Birmingham, has been catching the eyes of scouts around the league this year, especially during the week leading up to the Senior Bowl.
As a senior at the University of Alabama-Birmingham Blazer, White caught a mind-boggling 71 balls for 1452 yards and 14 touchdowns.
His receiving yardage total established a Conference USA record while his average (121.7) ranked No. 2 nationally during the regular season. In fact, he was the only receiver in the nation averaging better than 20 yards per reception who caught more than 60 passes.
White also had seven games in 2004 in which he had more than 100 yards receiving. His 253 yards receiving against Tulane was just six yards short of the C-USA record and was the second-highest single-game total in the NCAA this season.
In other words, the guy makes plays. And of course, the Cowboys have already taken notice.
Scouts from the organization spent an extensive amount of time interviewing White at the Senior Bowl, as did the Chiefs, Chargers, and several other teams.
|Projected Cowboys' Draft Board (WR)|
#1. Braylon Edwards (Mich)
#2. Mike Williams (USC)
#3. Troy Williamson (SC)
#4. Roddy White (UAB)
#5. Mark Clayton (OK)
Looking at the current list of wide outs available, White is likely the fifth wide receiver on the board, right behind Mike Williams, Braylon Edwards, and Troy Williamson.
However, when you consider that the Cowboys will look to improve defensively with their No. 11 pick, either Williamson or White will be the only two wide outs available from the group mentioned above when the Cowboys select their second pick in the first round at No. 20.
"A lot of people around the league know about this kid," notes one NFL scout. "They like him from a physical perspective. They like what he did in college, and they like what they see and hear from him when they talk to him person.
"The kid is a winner."
While the draft is impossible to predict, it's not hard to figure out that Roddy White is a prospect that's rising up the draft boards of several teams.
White, unlike some prospects, has his act together, both on and off the field. And he's now being mentioned as one of the top five receivers in the draft because of it.