Did Race Play A Role in Stanford’s Toby Gerhart late NFL Pick?

Even before the draft aired last Thursday on ESPN, there were talks of Stanford Running Back Toby Gerhart being ‘Too White’ for a high draft pick. Claiming that Toby would NOT go high in the draft because he was a white RB, the rumors came true.

Drafted by the Minnesota Vikings while they moved up to take the Houson Texans spot for future picks and cash, Gerhart was taken #51 overall.

Wait, hold on, this was a shocker because not only did Toby go before Jimmy Clausen who went #55, but he went before one of the most popular players in the draft, Colt McCoy, who was picked #85.

We all know that Toby has the skills to go along with his energy because he busted through college defenses left and right all year. But, why did he go so low in the draft if he was so great? A lot of teams needed a RB, but some said he would not be able to handle the pressure and did NOT want to take a chance on him.

“They asked if it made me feel entitled, or like I felt I was a poster child for white running backs. I said, ‘No, I’m just out there playing ball. I don’t think about that.’ I didn’t really know what to say,” said Gerhart.

That is alright young man, just go out here and play your game and show all the teams who passed you up what they missed!

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