NFL Draft: On the offensive

Tight end, fullback, part-time running back. Ask and ye shall receive is the motto of this multidimensional talent. While his plans include a little time at the beach on Saturday with the NFL Draft in full swing, he may want to make sure his cell phone reception is fine by the Pacific Ocean.

On Wednesday, the Washington Redskins sent their tight ends coach and running backs coach to scout UCLA playmaker Manny White.

The reason the teams are coming out to take a look-see this close to the draft is his role – he can catch, he can hit and he can run.

He calls himself a Richie Anderson type – the one who recorded 88 reception in 2000 while playing for the New York Jets.

If you want to give him the rock every single day, White is fine with that. If your preference is he catch some balls out of the backfield, sign him up. Even if it is simply to block a linebacker, White is ready for the challenge.

"I think that's to my advantage because I'm able to do different things," explained White. "Whatever team I'm on, that's probably one less back that they need on the roster because I can do both. By playing both fullback and tailback, I can probably be that third back. I think it'll benefit whatever team I end up playing with, that I can do so much."

White recorded over 300 yards rushing in each season with the Bruins and as a senior he exploded for 797 yards and eight touchdowns, giving him 19 trips into the end zone as a rusher in his career. He also added twenty receptions this past year and it has teams excited about his potential as an H-back.

White recognizes his aptitude for making plays out of the backfield and has instead focused on his blocking technique.

He loves to watch Tony Richardson set them up and knock them down and has taken pointers from many of the premier blockers in the league.

"I'm still working on it," White admitted of his blocking technique. "At the Senior Bowl, I realized that the stuff I got away with in college, I couldn't get away with against Division I's elite players. It's a technique thing that you have to go back to the basics and get the techniques down. I'm pretty sure that on the next level it's to an even further extension, you have to really pay attention to what you do."

His offseason was derailed slightly by a meniscus tear in his knee that originally occurred at the Senior Bowl. He didn't realize it and continued to play on the bum knee, taking Advil to suppress the pain.

It required surgery and that kept him from participating at the Combines. White was given one chance to prove his worth, in Carson on March 24.

On that day, White proved his knee was healed by running a pair of forties at 4.65 and 4.69 and showed his agility with a 4.56 short shuttle.

One team always looking for the next quality back to take them to the next level has noticed. White felt that the Minnesota Vikings are "interested in me as an H-back." He also cited the Atlanta Falcons, Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos as showing interest.

When asked what kind of team he would love to land with, White said, "Teams that like to get the fullback in space and allow them to use their athleticism to block, get on blocks on the second level and different things like that, use them in the passing game to keep the chains moving."

With his versatility, White can do it all. Name the job and he is on it.


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