- AProjectionRound 1
- Hand9 ¾
- Arm32 ⅛
Strong Points: Two-year starter who will be a 21-year-old rookie. Very productive -- more than 120 tackles in each of his final two seasons. Top instincts and reactions. Makes plays both inside and outside. Very aggressive and takes pleasure in tackling. A top athlete with speed and body control. All the necessary traits to be a star at the next level.
Weak Points: A bit undersized (height). Gets engulfed at times by big offensive linemen.
The Way We See It: A true junior, White is in the same mold as several outstanding linebackers from last year's draft -- Roquan Smith (selected No. 8 overall by the Bears), Tremaine Edmunds (16th, Bills), Leighton Vander Esch (20th, Cowboys) and Defensive Rookie of the Year Darius Leonard (36th, Colts). White is a tough, smart and instinctive playmaker vs. the run and pass. Very effective blitzer. The total package and a player who should never come off the field in the NFL. White will be one of the first linebackers drafted and a productive, scheme-versatile Day 1 starter.
Arthur Arkush: An excellent football player with explosive movement ability to get wherever he wants on the field effortlessly, including shutting down the flats for backs and carrying slot receivers vertically. White relishes contact and can usually get off blocks despite his size, but he isn't a consistent knock-back hitter and will occasionally let ball carriers out of his grasp. His instincts are a work in progress but he's still around the football more often than not. White's rare athleticism will be fully unlocked once his instincts and awareness improve, but he's not quite the caliber of Roquan Smith and Reuben Foster entering the league for that reason.
Best Fit: Broncos, Bengals, Packers, Browns
Red Flags: None
NFL Comp: Zach Brown