LSU’s Devin White calls himself a ‘generational player”
By Brian Miller
The Miami Dolphins may need linebackers in this years NFL Draft and if they do, LSU’s Devin White should be a prospect they look at.
When the NFL Draft begins, LSU linebacker Devin White wants to be a top five draft pick. For the Miami Dolphins, that takes them out of the running if he does in fact go that high. White thinks he will.
According to NFL.com, White has said that he considers himself to be a “generational player”. In other words, one of those athletes that come around once in a great while.
White was awarded the Butkus Award for best linebacker in college football in 2018. At LSU he had a great career and now expects that to put him in the top five or at least the top 10. Many mock drafts lately have him going to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who have met with him. NFL.com says he has met with the Giants and Bengals as well, or will in the future.
The Dolphins need linebacker help and White would be a great addition but it would take another fall for him to reach Miami at 13. The Dolphins are not likely to trade up for any player outside of quarterback this year and that too is considered doubtful.
For the Dolphins, White may be what they need but the question is does he fill a more immediate need on the team? The Dolphins are very thin at defensive end and defensive tackle. On the offensive line there are at two guard positions and possibly right tackle that need to be filled as well.
White was also impressive off the field carrying a 3.0 grade average according to the NFL.com article. He has been impressive with his knowledge of the game and said that teams are finding out that he is not only athletic but smart. He said the tape sells him and the combine tape didn’t hurt him either.
Whether or not White drops to 13 or whether the Dolphins would consider him at 13 remains to be seen. The draft will start on April 25th with the first round. It shouldn’t take long for White to know where he is playing or for the Dolphins to know if he might fall.
If he is indeed a generational player then the Dolphins may want to take a long hard look at the kid.
White is very good at the point of attack and solid against the run and more than efficient in the passing game. He has good speed, ran a 4.2 40 at the combine, but it is his instincts and read and react time that really sets him apart from some of the other linebackers in this years draft.
White is the most well-rounded of the linebackers this year but for now, the chances are slim that he falls, but then again, they said the same thing about Laremy Tunsil who was expected to be a number one overall selection.