Sun Devil Football at the 2022 NFL Draft

The 2021 Sun Devil Football Team has produced several NFL Draft prospects who hope to hear their names called in the 2022 NFL Draft. The three-day, seven-round draft is being held in Las Vegas, where the 32 organizations of the NFL have the ability to select from thousands of draft-eligible players. Although the chances of reaching the pro level are extremely low due to the amount of competition, many in Arizona State have established themselves on drafting boards. Keep track of all Sun Devil Football players selected in the 2022 NFL Draft:

To come back Rachel White became the first Sun Devil to drop out of the board when he was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the 91st overall pick and 28th pick in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft.


White becomes 255and All-time Sun Devil to be selected in the NFL Draft. For the second time in the last three drafts, an Arizona State running back has heard his name called (2020, Eno Benjamin – 7th round). It’s the highest a Sun Devil running back has been selected since 2000, when JR Redmond went in the third round when the Patriots used the 76th overall pick against him.

This is the ninth consecutive NFL Draft with at least one Sun Devil selected. Since 1961, ASU has had at least one player selected in every draft except for the 2013 NFL Draft.

White is the fifth in Sun Devil program history to be drafted by the Bucs and the first since wide receiver Bruce Hill went in the fourth round of the 1987 draft. Jerry Bell, Larry Mucker and Mike Crawford are others Sun Devils turned Buccaneer. White will now share the backfield with legendary quarterback Tom Brady.

Although he only spent two seasons in Tempe, Rachel White succeeded in having a major impact. The junior college transfer was one of the nation’s most productive running backs during his Sun Devil career.

In just 15 games, White still managed to rush for 1,426 yards and 20 touchdowns on 224 carries. In total, he compiled 2,127 all-purpose yards and 22 total touchdowns during his career. White was a two-time all-conference selection, earning second-team Pac-12 honors in 2021.

He reached 1,000 rushing yards in the 2021 season rushing for 98 yards against Arizona, finishing the year with 1,006 in 11 games. It was the 26th instance of a Sun Devil running back reaching 1,000 yards in a single season and only the 9th to do so in 11 or fewer games.

White has recorded 30.5 percent of ASU’s total rushing yards this year (1,462 of 4,799) and 35.6 percent of ASU’s total touchdowns (16 of 45). White now has 22 career touchdowns (20 rushing, two receiving) in just 15 games played (1.5 per game). White had at least one touchdown in 12 of 15 games for the Devils.

He was a workhorse for ASU before declaring himself for the NFL Draft, finishing third among Pac-12 running backs with 230 touches this season (187 rushing, 43 receiving – including plays canceled) – just seven off the Pac-12 lead despite missing essentially a game and a half and with Oregon’s Travis Dye (237 touches) having an extra game on him. The 230 keys were 23rd of all FBS running backs at the time, he waived the rest of his eligibility.

White was the second-highest-rated player, regardless of position, overall in the Pac-12 (90.7) and the second-highest-rated running back in the FBS. He rushed for 57 first downs this season, 5th among Pac-12 guards but missed a game and a half. However, he added 22 first downs as a receiver — seven more than any Pac-12 running back and the most of any FBS running back.

He was also the league’s highest-ranked running back as a receiver (90.4 – second among all Pac-12 players, regardless of position) and the 2nd-highest ranked in the category nationally among the retarded guys. The 49 targets in the passing game are second among Pac-12 fullbacks despite his missed game (though Travis Dye’s 51 comes with the Pac-12 FCG included) and 8th among running backs nationally. His 43 receptions are more than any other Pac-12 back and 6th among FBS running backs.

White had 452 yards after the catch (think catches behind the line of scrimmage) — just 100 yards more than any other Pac-12 back and the 4th-most total of any FBS running back this season. White forced 44 missed tackles as a running back – 5and among Pac-12 backs — and 16 as a receiver — third among ALL FBS backs.

 

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