With starting RB Chip Trayanum out, when Arizona State had the ball I watched Senior RB Rachaad White. White has quick feet for his size, but is also strong enough to get the short yards. He’s a willing blocker, often sticking his nose directly into the blitz in critical situations. He has soft hands out of the backfield and can comfortably split out wide. The Sun Devils used him as a decoy on a 3rd and 2 from the 7.
Colorado’s whole defense flowed his way on the fake handoff and Daniels rolled the other direction for a walk in TD. Once in space Rachaad has the burst to hit the edge and get around the defense. When everyone else was getting worn down in the 4th, White showcased his athleticism to hurdle a DB in the open field for a big gain. The complete back finished with 16 touches for 107 total yards and 2 TDs.
On the defensive side of the ball I decided to keep an eye on Senior LB Darien Butler. Butler is also well-rounded, with above average coverage and run instincts. His play recognition immediately stood out on the first play of the game. He tracked down the RB backside for a minimal gain.
He’s not the most agile defender, but has smart feet in coverage with not many wasted/false steps. On an out route in a crucial 3rd down Butler didn’t get faked out by the TE’s inside move. He showed the hit power to knock the ball out. Listed at 6’0 225 Darien doesn’t have great size and did seem to get eaten up by bigger OL inside at times. But was stout for the most part and had the range on outside zones to get wide. He finished the game with 7 tackles, 0.5 TFLs, and a pass deflection in the Sun Devils 35-13 win.
Overall both Sun Devil Senior prospects showed good versatility and skills valuable to the NFL. They may not test elite enough in any categories to make them Top 100 picks in the 2022 Draft, but their well-rounded abilities should get them drafted next spring.