2021 NFL Draft: Zamir White is an exciting RB prospect with big upside

Zamir White, 2021 NFL Draft (Photo by Steve Limentani/ISI Photos/Getty Images).
Zamir White, 2021 NFL Draft (Photo by Steve Limentani/ISI Photos/Getty Images). /

Keep a close eye on Zamir White. He is an exciting 2021 NFL Draft running back prospect who could become a star at the next level.

Zamir White is not going to be the most established running back prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft class, but it is hard to watch him and not be exciting about what he can become. White made his collegiate debut at Georgia last season and while it came in a part-time role, he is clearly an extremely talented player who has a high ceiling.

White committed to Georgia as a five-star prospect out of North Carolina. He was the top-ranked prospect out of his home state and at his position, and was the ninth-ranked prospect in the entire nation, according to 247 Sports.

While there was undoubtedly a ton of hype surrounding him after his high school career, he tore the ACL in his right knee late in his high school career and the ACL in his left knee while on the Georgia campus, but before ever playing a down. Before he ever saw the field at the college level, White had already tore the ACL in both of his knees, which obviously leads to some durability concerns going forward.

That being said, White was able to get healthy and suit up for the Bulldogs in 2019. While he did not play a major role for the team, he did show off an impressive overall skill-set at the running back position while spelling D’Andre Swift. With Swift moving on to the NFL, White now takes over as the primary running back in the Georgia offense and has an opportunity to cement himself as a premier prospect at his position in the 2021 NFL Draft.

White is not the most elusive athlete in the open field, but he is a quick and decisive runner who gets downhill in an instant and always finishes with a ton of power. He is incredibly strong at the point of attack and is incredibly difficult to be brought down by one single player.

While power is the name of his game, do not sleep on White’s speed in the open field. He shows impressive natural burst through the hole and can legitimately separate from the defense when he finds a lane.

White’s ball carrier vision is a bit spotty and will need to improve if he is ever going to reach his ceiling. He will also have to prove that he can be at least some sort of a threat as a receiver out of the backfield during his upcoming college season. That being said, his combination of speed and power is incredibly impressive and legitimately rare.

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He is certainly a bit of a boom-or-bust player, but his upside at the next level is absolutely massive. When the 2021 NFL Draft rolls around, Zamir White is undoubtedly a guy NFL teams should be keeping an eye on.