Devin White

LSU
LB

Prospect Info

College
LSU
Hometown
Class
LA
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 0"
237 lbs
32 1/8”
Hands
9 3/4”

Prospect Grade

6.24
Should Become Instant Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
Round 1 ‧ Pick 5
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40 Yard Dash
4.42u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
22
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
39.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
118.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.07
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.17
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
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White's prowess on offense (5,031 yards, 81 touchdowns in his career) and defense (192 tackles) during his time at North Webster (Louisiana) High School earned him four-star ratings and a spot on the Baton Rouge Advocate's Super Dozen recruit list for 2016. He earned playing time as a true freshman, suiting up for all 12 games and posting 30 tackles, three for loss. The SEC All-Freshman squad selection's only sack of the year came against Louisville's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, Lamar Jackson. White became the star everyone thought he would in 2017, leading the SEC with 133 tackles and topping the Tigers with 14 tackles for loss (4.5 sacks) in 13 starts to earn a permanent team captaincy and MVP award as well as first-team all-conference and second-team USA Today All-American honors. He met high expectations again as a junior, garnering first-team All-SEC pick and Associated Press All-American accolades and winning the Butkus Award as the top linebacker in the country after starting 12 of 13 games played (he missed the first half of LSU's 2018 loss to Alabama due to a questionable targeting call made during the team's win over Mississippi State). White led the Tigers with 123 stops, 12 of which went for losses including three sacks, six pass breakups, and three forced fumbles.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 1
NFL Comparison
Myles Jack
Overview
Running back convert out of high school who continues to show rapid development as a high-impact linebacker in a physical conference. White is still learning to take on blocks and play with better control/efficiency, but he's a willing pupil and coaching should improve both areas. White's work ethic, competitiveness, and rare play speed are elements that can't be taught and should push him into an early starter's role and a successful NFL career.
Strengths
  • Shorter legs, longer torso improves center of gravity
  • Well put together with excellent musculation throughout his limbs
  • Unorthodox, but finds the football
  • Voracious student of the game
  • Major spikes in production over last two seasons
  • Quick-twitch trigger with big burst to close
  • Shoots gaps looking to makes plays into the backfield
  • Quick sink and drive for effective change of direction
  • Agility to sift from gap to gap to track bouncing runners
  • Lose upper body to spin and pivot around moving blocks
  • Weight-room champ with impressive strength numbers across the board
  • Pursuit speed closes the gap allowing for additional tackle opportunities
  • Aggressive and purposeful in tugging the ball loose from running backs
  • Active hands in space to challenge throws in space
Weaknesses
  • Instincts are very average
  • Can be fooled by key fakes and misdirection
  • Coaxed out of position two different times by the same run play versus Alabama
  • Diagnosis can run behind
  • Too many false steps in initial movement
  • Gets caught behind climbing linemen and doesn't always fight to disengage
  • Not a natural knee-bender in space
  • Running backs consistently finish under his pads
  • Take-on technique needs plenty of work
  • Uses shoulder challenges with hands as an afterthought
  • Misses tackles when footwork and scrape balance get too loose
  • Hard flows to sideline lack leverage and patience
  • Relatively unchallenged as a coverage option

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league