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BIGPLAY Scouting Report: Devin White

A deep analysis of Devin White, former linebacker for LSU

Photo from Devin White's Twitter account

Devin White, LB, LSU

Prospects are graded on a 1-4 scale. 1=below average, 2=average, 3=excellent, 4=elite.

Strengths:

-Elite run defender

-Incredibly physical

-Big hitter

-Shoots gaps

-Incredible instincts

-Good range

-Good enough athlete to play in coverage

-Elite blitzer; sticks his nose in right away

-Good size at 6’1 240lbs

-Has good enough speed to go sideline to sideline

-Seen by his teammates as a great leader

-Has good closing ability

-Takes good angles

-Vision is elite

-Plays incredibly disciplined

-Sky-high potential

-Ability to take over games

Weaknesses:

-Lacks Roquan Smith level athleticism

-Does not posses elite speed

White is one of the top 5 players in this draft and he is truly an elite talent. His tackling ability is a 4; he is very physical, he runs through his man and maintains great leverage. His ability to read and react is a 4; he is rarely caught out of position and does not take himself out of plays. His ability in pass coverage is a 3; he is disciplined enough to play in coverage, can cover running backs in tight ends out of the backfield, but he may be a mismatch for speedier guys (Sony Michel, Saquon Barkley, etc.). His athleticism is a 4; this is a close call because while he is an elite level athlete, he lacks elite speed.

When I broke down his film, I saw a lot of Myles Jack and Jonathan Vilma in his game.

Overall Prospect Grade: 4

Potential NFL Suitors: Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals

 

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