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83-Steelers-43 04-04-2006 05:00 PM

LenDale White Not Looking Good
 
Lazy LenDale turning into Clarett

RB doesn't look like 1st-round pick with extra weight, no work ethic


As the 2005 college football season was winding down, there were some outside observers of the USC team who believed a good case could be made that LenDale White was actually a better NFL prospect than teammate Reggie Bush, Heisman Trophy aside.

On Sunday, any such argument disappeared as Bush put on a fine performance during the school’s annual pro day for NFL scouts. The only thing fine that White did was dining with the Denver Broncos on Saturday night.

White weighed in at 244 pounds, up six pounds from the doughy 238 pounds he displayed at the NFL scouting combine in February. White also did his best not to display much by wearing a loose-fitting warm-up suit for the entire workout. This was after White drew audible groans from NFL scouts when he bared his chest at the combine.

As one NFL general manager said after seeing White at the combine: “The guy needed a bra, it was ridiculous. You come to the combine looking like that and you want to be a first-round pick? Come on. The guy had obviously been doing nothing.”

On Sunday, White benched 225 pounds all of 15 times. That’s one more than USC punter Tom Malone and nine less than Bush, who White happens to outweigh by 42 pounds. After doing the bench, White called it a day. He didn’t run the 40-yard dash or do any of the other myriad of drills that so many scouts and coaches were looking forward to.

Perhaps this is why so many people are now thinking of White in company with Maurice Clarett than with Bush.

“We had one of our scouts go up and ask him what was going on (after White didn’t run),” another executive said. “The kid said his hamstring was tight or something like that. Then we tried to find out when he was going to run and he didn’t know. It didn’t even sound like he was going to run. What does this kid think?”

This, of course, is why you never heard the argument for White over Bush coming out of USC (unless it was White’s mom or dad saying it). Bush put on his show for the scouts on Sunday, running anywhere between a 4.33 to a 4.40 in the 40-yard. Bush did the aforementioned 24 reps and everything else was in order.

Three scouts and coaches who saw him said Bush didn’t do anything to hurt himself, and the notion that he might fall from the top spot in the draft seemed far-fetched. While it’s possible that Houston will trade out of the No. 1 spot, the thought is that it’s only because they will get a great offer. Not because Bush didn’t impress them.

But the point in all of this is that Bush took care of his business when he could have been the one living off his body of work the past two years. White did not. In fact, he showed to NFL people what so many people at USC have seen since he got there.

Lots of ability. Little work ethic.

“The guy can play, but he just gets by,” said a former USC offensive player who was teammates with White. “He coasted in practice and he coasted in the offseason. He came in thinking he just had to put in his time and that’s what you see now. People think he’s great and the talent is there … but the stuff he did was just because he played next to Reggie and with all those other guys around him. If he had really worked at it, he would have been amazing.” - MSNBC

Link: http://msnbc.msn.com/id/12126007/

83-Steelers-43 04-04-2006 05:08 PM

Re: LenDale White Not Looking Good
 
“The guy needed a bra, it was ridiculous. You come to the combine looking like that and you want to be a first-round pick? Come on. The guy had obviously been doing nothing.”

Ouch.

And..........

“The guy can play, but he just gets by,” said a former USC offensive player who was teammates with White. “He coasted in practice and he coasted in the offseason. He came in thinking he just had to put in his time and that’s what you see now. People think he’s great and the talent is there … but the stuff he did was just because he played next to Reggie and with all those other guys around him. If he had really worked at it, he would have been amazing.”

Ouch.

Midnightwriter1 04-04-2006 05:09 PM

Re: LenDale White Not Looking Good
 
I am rollin at this .........

"As one NFL general manager said after seeing White at the combine: “The guy needed a bra, it was ridiculous. You come to the combine looking like that and you want to be a first-round pick? Come on. The guy had obviously been doing nothing.”

schonrph 04-04-2006 05:47 PM

Re: LenDale White Not Looking Good
 
maybe, he just wants to fall to the 32nd spot in the draft, because he really wants to be a steeler, lol

SteelerDan43 04-04-2006 05:49 PM

Re: LenDale White Not Looking Good
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Midnightwriter1
"As one NFL general manager said after seeing White at the combine: ?The guy needed a bra, it was ridiculous. You come to the combine looking like that and you want to be a first-round pick? Come on. The guy had obviously been doing nothing.?

Gotta watch out for the man boob! :busted:

BlackNGold203 04-04-2006 05:53 PM

Re: LenDale White Not Looking Good
 
Everybody still praying we get this guy?

no thanks...I'll pass

Stlrs4Life 04-04-2006 06:24 PM

Re: LenDale White Not Looking Good
 
Man, I really liked this guy. Starting to think otherwise now, if the above is true.

Koopa 04-04-2006 07:36 PM

Re: LenDale White Not Looking Good
 
like a lot of ppl been saying, what does this matter, they said he's been like this, but he's a beast on the field and that's all that matters, it's not like he's stealing shit from ppl and shit like that so comparing him to clarett is stupid. if he's avalibable at 32 i'd take him in a heart beat cause he'll be a huge upgrade to what we have, him and willie will be lethal together

Atlanta Dan 04-04-2006 08:07 PM

Re: LenDale White Not Looking Good
 
White has dropped to the #29 position and is drafted by the Jets in the first round of the latest SI.com draft.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/200...rt1/index.html

I believe the Clarett comparison in the msnbc.com article has everything to do with being out of shape and nothing to do with Clarett's character issues. With Lawrence Taylor being Exhibit A, as long as you get it done on game day the NFL is willing to overlook just about anything off the field. What teams will not overlook are the flaws in a player who gets out of shape before he signs the multi-million $$$ contract.

klick81 04-04-2006 08:15 PM

Re: LenDale White Not Looking Good
 
Ouch...


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