Buccaneers Rachaad White: “A Guy That Works Hard”


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Arizona State running back Rachaad White with the 91st pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. The pick might have shocked some, but after hearing Jason Licht speak about him, it starts to make sense.

Jason Licht On White

“A lot of these backs, I’d say most of them in college, you can pick them apart for their pass protection skills. It’s kind of a lost art,” Licht stated. “As long as they’re willing, as long as they’re smart, as long as they want to do it, you’ve got a chance to make them better and work on their weaknesses in that regard at this level. We saw that with him. We saw the passion, this guy’s a really driven guy with a chip on his shoulder. Guys like that have a chance.”

Humble And Hungry

White spoke with the media shortly after being selected. He spoke about his mindset and the task ahead of him.

“The best thing I believe I bring to the Bucs is a guy that works hard,” White said to the media. “You guys got a bunch of guys in the building that already work hard so I feel like with me, you just added another one. A guy that’s very humble and hungry. I feel like I bring a lot of good playmaking, catching the ball out of the backfield, really just doing my job to help the team win.”

“I’m A Guy That Loves Football” 

White continued talking about his drive and competitive mentality he has.

“Football in itself is motivating,” White stated. “I’m a guy that loves football, this is something I wanted to do since I was a little kid. Everything I do in life, regardless, it could be the little or simple things. Me and my boys, let’s see who can eat this food the fastest or something. I’m a competitor. I want to be the best. Whatever comes with that, I’ll be grateful for it. I just honestly want to be the best, so I put in a lot of time, I put in a lot of work, and I’m going to keep doing that.”

Here To Learn 

White went on about the opportunity to learn from Leonard Fournette and Giovani Bernard.

“I know Leonard Fournette has been in the league for a good amount of years now and I respect his game a lot,” White continued. “I know he comes to work hard, you can tell by his body of work and what he’s done in the NFL. Obviously, I’m gonna be grateful and thankful to have him. I believe Giovani Bernard is in that room. Just good guys to pick their brains, in order to help me sustain the level of success and be in the league as long as they have.”

White looks to be a plug and play pick for the Buccaneers. He has the size needed, the ability to catch the ball and can pass protect.

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