Curran: White most likely to play this year

Curran: White most likely to play this year
May 10, 2014, 9:15 pm
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The 2014 NFL Draft is in the books and the Patriots made some interesting choices. 

A backup quarterback. A player from Division II. 

Par for the course, at least for Bill Belichick. We did, however, see significantly fewer trades than we've come to expect from New England. 

Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran explains the team's approach. 

"I think that they have just adhered to the best player available," says Curran. 

The team also looked to add depth at positions with players who have expiring contracts (see Jimmy Garoppolo as a replacement for Ryan Mallett).

Now that the draft is over, we can start to look at what comes next. Specifically, which of the players taken on Day 3 is most likely to play this season?

The answer, according to Curran is Wisconsin running back James White.

"He is very much in the mold of Kevin Faulk or Danny Woodhead," says Curran.

In his final season at Wisconsin, White had 39 receptions out of the backfield.

Perhaps more importantly (just ask Stevan Ridley), White had only two fumbles in 754 touches in his college career.

White also fits the mold of pretty much every other player taken by the Patriots this year. 

"All these players the Patriots have selected seem to be dependable, mature, team-captain types."

On a squad where players are expected to put the team ahead of themselves, those characteristics will go a long way.