Devin White – LSU, Linebacker
High School: Northwebster High School, Springhill, LA
2018 Stats – 123 tackles (62 solo) 3 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 6 passes deflected
2017 Stats – 133 tackles (37 solo), 4.5 sacks, 1 interception, 3 passes deflected
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Twitter: @DevinWhite_40 Instagram:@devinwhite_40
A common phrase that people love to use when discussing athletes is “Speed Kills”. You may here this in reference to fast Wide Receivers who can beat the defense over the top, or a game breaking Running Back who can take it to the crib on any given play. LSU’s Devin White is the Inside Linebacker you need to save that phrase for. White clocked a 4.42 40 yard dash time at the NFL combine, which was good enough for 1st place amongst his position group. On tape, White uses that tremendous speed in both pass coverage and run support. He is a great open field tackler. White is comfortable blitzing from the inside or outside, and does a good job of creeping up and timing the snap count on his pass rush. Some concerns with White are in regards to his instincts and technique against interior running plays (such as dive, power, inside trap). These concerns won’t scare teams away from picking him in the Top 10 of this year’s NFL draft. Devin White has the chance to be an impact player and defensive anchor for many years to come.
Devin White is an absolute stud. If you’ve watched an LSU game in this past year, I guarantee you’ve seen #40 around the ball A LOT. His effort and intensity are as good as any player in this class. White is regarded as a workout warrior and was a leader on that aggressive LSU defense. In run support, White is physical with blockers and uses his arms to engage them. I also believe Devin White is one of the best zone coverage linebackers in this draft. He is great in man to man coverage as well, and I would trust him against almost any running back out in space, 1 on 1. White is also an outstanding playmaker on the defensive side of the ball, forcing three fumbles during his 2018 campaign. The concerns about his instincts are legitimate. I noted several plays, in different games, where he over committed to a play fake or did not fill the correct gap. These issues can be fixed with a great defensive coordinator and a good linebackers coach at the next level. That hellacious speed and natural coverage ability cannot be taught. Whoever drafts Devin White could be looking at a defensive anchor for the next 8+ seasons. I believe the Tampa Bay Bucs will select White with the 5th overall pick in this year’s NFL draft.