Draft Breakdown: LB Devin White

By Thomas Ringgaard |
Draft Breakdown: LB Devin White

Devin White, Linebacker, LSU

Conference: SEC

Measurables: 6'1, 240 LBs

Career stats:
2016: 30 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 sack, 1 FR
2017: 133 tackles, 13.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks, 1 INT, 3 PBUs
2018: 123 tackles, 12 TFL, 3 sacks, 3 FF, 2 FR, 6 PBUs

Combine stats:
40 yard: 4.42 sec
Vertical: 39.5 inch
Broad jump: 118 inch
Bench press: 22 reps
3-cone: 7.07 sec
20 shuttle: 4.17 sec

Strengths

  • Physicality: Has a nasty push on blockers. When he engages blockers rarely gets pushed back. Has big hit ability. 
  • Athleticism: White is FAST. When he shoots gaps without getting blocked he can be unstoppable. Sideline-to-sideline speed.
  • Coverage: Displays fast movements and change of direction. Keeps head on a swivel and looks for crossers. Has speed to cover any RB/TE in man-to-man. Above average man and zone coverage for ILB. 
  • Production: Has major tackle numbers in back to back years against top SEC competition. 

Weaknesses

While White shows flashes of ability to check off boxes for a LB, it gets too inconsistent. The following are areas where he needs to improve to become as consistent, reliable, high-end LB:

  • Block shed: doesn't use hands to fight off blocks. Has trouble swiping arms of blockers on outside runs. Attacks full man and often gets caught in traffic. Has bad reps where he gets washed by WRs and TEs. 
  • Tackling: Goes for big hits in inappropriate situations (e.g. open field tackling). Doesn't consistently break down and keep inside leverage, hence over-pursuing too often. 
  • Reads: Takes false steps when reading a play instead of staying put at alignment and attacking the play from there. Often gets caught at LOS by blockers.
  • Pass rush: Not a weakness per se, as he displays ability to do it. But, does it inconsistently. No counter moves. Sloppy after initial move. Doesn't use hands. Has poor control of balance when coming through gaps and after block disengaging.

Conclusion

  • Final Thoughts: While White checks of a lot of boxes in terms of physical ability, and has plays were everything comes together, he is still a very raw linebacker. Coaching him up will be a challenge, but if succeeded, he can be flat out dominant. Teams will be looking at his ability to study film and learn from his mistakes when evaluating his potential.
  • Grade: If he nailed/nails the team interviews as well he did the Combine he will go top 15. If not, he could free fall out of the first round.
  • Pro Comparison: Mychal Kendricks

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