Out of the box
The NFL draft often feels like it's all about one thing: labels.
Too short, too heavy, too small, too slow — take your pick.
For West Virginia quarterback Pat White, personnel evaluators have thrown around a number of unflattering labels, all of which point to him being less than likely to succeed under center in the NFL. But the man is nothing if not determined.
"I am still working to be a quarterback, and until somebody tells me no, I am going to continue to," said White, 6 feet 2, 185 pounds. "I also want to keep my options open for the best opportunity to play football. If (a position switch) is the case, I'll do whatever is best for me."
There have been other atypical college quarterbacks who struggled to make the jump to the NFL. Do the names Tommie Frazier and Eric Crouch sound familiar? But the sentiment is White is better equipped to make a position switch than many borderline quarterbacks to come before him. If you've seen him in the open field, it's hard to imagine he can't help a team in some fashion.
Think Antwaan Randle-El of the Redskins, a former quarterback at Indiana turned NFL receiver. Also working in White's favor is NFL clubs apparent willingness to try more varied offensive tactics (such as the Wildcat). The league's evolution will help players such as White who lack a definable position.
"It is definitely a unique offense and gives defenses that much more film to study," White said of the Wildcat formation. "I think the implementation of the Wildcat and other spread systems will definitely help me out because of the style of offense we ran at West Virginia."
Bottom line: The man had more than 10,000 yards of offense during his career.
Small school, big goal
QB Rhett Bomar could become Sam Houston State's highest-drafted player if he is selected in the second round, as some project. (Currently, it's QB Josh McCown by Arizona in the third round in 2002.) Romar, who began his career at Oklahoma before being dismissed, threw for 3,355 yards and 27 touchdowns last season.
On the bench
Texas DE Brian Orakpo is a certified workout warrior. Check out his reported 515-pound bench press and 600-pound squat. In five years on campus, he put on more than 50 pounds of muscle.
Stephen F. Holder, Times Staff Writer
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