Given that his father’s name is Reggie White, it’s not shocking to hear that one of his favorite NFL players growing up was the late Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer of the same name. White isn’t an elite pass rusher like the Minister of Defense, but he certainly has enough toughness and athleticism in his sturdy nose tackle build to earn playing time, if not a starting spot, at the next level.
After graduating from Battle Creek Central in Michigan as a first-team all-state pick (42 tackles for loss, 12 sacks) and state power-lifting champion (625-pound deadlift), he attended Harmony Community School in Cincinnati for one season,. He moved on to Fort Scott Community College in Kansas for one season (13 tackles for loss, five sacks), where his team lost to quarterback Cam Newton’s Blinn Junior College in the 2009 NJCAA Championship Game. White played in every game as a reserve behind 2012 second-round pick Jerel Worthy in his first year in East Lansing (17 tackles, one for loss), and then started four of 13 games at nose tackle in 2011 (25 tackles, four for loss).
Widebody with thick legs and arms. Brings power and explosiveness off the snap into his man to win the line of scrimmage. Flashes the ability to get under a guard’s pad to take him into the quarterback. Capable of two-gapping inside when getting his hands up on his blocker and extending his long arms, can move to either side to swallow backs coming through the hole. Very good hustle to the ball for his size whether getting past the line of scrimmage or chasing downfield. Fair recovery quickness when on the ground, shows some hustle to the ball if it’s in the box.
True two-down nose tackle with extra weight in the middle. Eluded by quicker ballcarriers in the backfield, even when in a position to make a play, because it takes time to change directions (though not at a below-average rate for his size). Doesn’t use his violent hands consistently or create separation using his length, gets stuck on blocks too often. Can get his shoulders turned by double teams or better man-up blocks, gets moved out of the gap. Doesn’t always get his head up off the snap, can be put into the ground.
Michigan State’s widebody took a couple of years to get to East Lansing after high school, going through a prep program and Fort Scott Community College (where he played against Cam Newton’s Blinn JC in the 2009 national championship game). But even in mostly a reserve role during the past couple of seasons, his obvious strength in the middle has made him a target as a mid-to-late round pick in the 2013 draft.
Future Hall of Famer
A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.