By Michael J Basile, @MdoubleJB
A lot of NY Giants fans might want Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins to join the franchise on Day One of the 2019 NFL Draft. Several people have fallen in love with him, while others prefer an offensive lineman or defensive edge rusher. However, not many people have hyped up LSU linebacker Devin White. He would be a great choice by Dave Gettleman with the 6th overall pick.
I’ve seen him rated as low as picks 15-20, and as high as the top 5. The 6’1” 240 pounder won the 2018 Butkus Award and was a consensus All-American during his JR season. He just turned 21 and has a high ceiling. His tackling is strong and his athleticism and sideline-to-sideline range make him above average for a linebacker in coverage. He’s also shown promise as a pass rusher at times, racking up 7.5 sacks over the past 2 seasons.
The biggest challenge that White will face in the NFL is the ability to process plays, which was masked in college by his athleticism. Good coaching can clean those flaws up, and helping White reach his potential as a core player alongside the likes of BJ Hill, Zo Carter and hopefully Landon Collins. Picking up White at No. 6 could be the next great Big Blue linebacker.
Sophomore at LSU
In his sophomore season at LSU, White led the SEC in tackles with 133 total, the 4th most tackles in a single season in school history. He also became the first player in SEC history to be named Defensive Player of the week 4 times in the same season
This pick would sure up a defense that struggled mightily last season. He also adds big-time playmaking ability to an underwhelming linebacker corps. White played in the SEC, has been the best competition for years. He’s a strong run stuffer, an explosive rusher, and he shows the body movements which translate well to James Bettchers 3-4 system.
Don’t be surprised if you hear his name early on April 25th.