How good will Pat White be?

Now that that the 2009 NFL Draft has come to and end and Mel Kiper Jr.’s hair has been safely removed and returned to its storage locker in Guantanamo Bay, the fantasy football world has to slot, rank and file the rookies of 2009 based on their expected fantasy impact.

But when it comes to classifying Pat White, he just doesn’t fit.

White was one of the most talented rushing quarterbacks college football has ever seen, and he holds the NCAA record for career rushing yards by a quarterback with 4,385 yards.

All eyes are on White to takeover the Ronnie Brown role in the Dolphins’ Wildcat formation. A gimmick play that turned into an offense against the New England Patriots last season, the Wildcat has its doubters heading into 2009. With an entire offseason to game against it, defenses should be able to stop most of the single-wing offenses they’ll see this year.

Would Bill Parcells, proving himself as a master of rebuilding franchises, draft Pat White as high as he did just to have White star in his Wildcat? I don’t think so. And neither do many of the draft analysts out there.

Along with his rushing records, White was also a pretty good all-around quarterback. His record as West Virginia’s starter was 34-8, the best of any WVU quarterback and more victories than all but five quarterbacks ever to play in the NCAA. He is the only quarterback to win four bowl games as a starter in Football Bowl Subdivision history, and he joins an elite club in NCAA history as one of eight athletes to rush for 200 yards and pass for 200 yards in a single game.

Determined to play at quarterback at the pro level, White almost refused to run any sort of wide receiver drills before the draft. He caved only once and then never did it again. Apparently, teams didn’t need to be convinced since many still had him ranked highly on their draft boards.

While Pat White may be listed on the roster as a wide receiver in his first season and see some time in the slot, he might just have a shot at the starting gig in Miami. He was the MVP of the 2009 Senior Bowl at that position after all. Chad Henne, be warned.

For dynasty and keeper leagues, ranking Pat White is a real problem. Is he a gimmick player like Devin Hester before Hester became a starting receiver, a player who never lives up to his role as a full-time fantasy starter? Or is he the quarterback of the future in Miami and someone who can generate points immediately as a slot receiver?

At this point, we don’t even know what position he’ll play, but his role should become clear after his rookie workouts this weekend, closed to the public. It’s turning into a big story and intel should be plentiful out of Miami.

Where do we rank Pat White? How big will he be in 2009 and beyond? Let the debate begin. Drop your take in the discussion thread below.

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  • http://thehazean.com Michael from The Hazean

    I would put him behind Stafford and Sanchez. But I think he has more upside than Freeman as of right now.

  • http://winningyouthfootball.com davecisar

    The Single Wing is here to stay inthe NFL like it or not. The NFL figured out how to play 11 vs 11 football last year with the Wildcat instead of 10 vs 11 with the conventional offenses.

    We run the Single Wing at the youth level and love it. http://winningyouthfootball.com

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  • SportingGuy

    As a Football Coach you always find a way to incorporate the best athletes into your offense and always find a way to get them the proper amount of touches each game. Pat White has proven that he can hold his own on the field with the ball in hand as an athlete. With that type of approach, he should be successful in a multitude of roles in the NFL.

    I don't see him as a great Wildcat runner but there are adaptations to an offense that he could be a threat in. He is not a great QB for the NFL but if they can mix him like a combo Reggie Bush, I would give him a roster spot on the fantasy team.

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  • http://www.fantasyfootballfools.com Jacob

    I feel about the same as far as his ranking among the other rookie quarterbacks goes, but I might throw him in front of Sanchez just so Sanchez knows I still am not convinced he's going to be something just yet.

  • http://www.fantasyfootballfools.com Jacob

    I feel about the same as far as his ranking among the other rookie quarterbacks goes, but I might throw him in front of Sanchez just so Sanchez knows I still am not convinced he's going to be something just yet.

  • http://www.fantasyfootballfools.com Jacob

    I feel about the same as far as his ranking among the other rookie quarterbacks goes, but I might throw him in front of Sanchez just so Sanchez knows I still am not convinced he's going to be something just yet.