Linebacker | LSU | Junior
Height: 6-foot | Weight: 237 pounds
2018: Led Tigers with 123 tackles (12 for loss), added 3.0 sacks, six pass breakups and three forced fumbles in 13 games (12 starts); selected as the Team MVP and a permanent team captain; won the Butkus Award; First-Team All-American by multiple outlets; First-Team All-SEC by coaches and media
Career: 286 tackles (29 for loss), 8.5 sacks, nine pass breakups, one interception, four forced fumbles in 38 games; was named Team MVP and a permanent captain for his sophomore and junior seasons; All-SEC First Team in 2017 by coaches and media after leading conference with 133 tackles (team-best 14.0); 2017 Second-Team All-American selection by multiple outlets; four-time SEC Defensive Player of the Week in 2017 (two-time winner in 2018); 2016 SEC All-Freshman Team by coaches
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Summary: A former running back/linebacker in high school, White totaled 5,031 rushing yards and 81 scores on offense for North Webster in Louisiana before deciding to stay in-state and focus on linebacker with the Tigers.
White kept climbing each season at LSU, wrapping up runners and stacking accolades.
He followed his impressive production at LSU with a strong showing at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine when he had the fastest 40-yard dash among his position group (4.42 seconds).
NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein compared him to former UCLA linebacker Myles Jack, who was selected by Jacksonville with the 36th overall pick in 2016, despite a knee injury.
Zierlein wrote “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.”
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Stacking up (before the combine): Draft analyst Dane Brugler, who writes for The Athletic, ranked White as the top linebacker in this year’s class. NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks concurred in his positional listing.
Brooks wrote “White is an A+ athlete with exceptional instincts and awareness. He flows to the ball quickly as a sideline-to-sideline pursuer, exhibiting a non-stop motor and relentless competitive spirit.”
White is listed as the No. 6 overall prospect in NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah’s most recent top 50.
Giddy-up: White grew up with a love for horses and has continued that.
He isn’t shy about sharing his love for Daisy Mae in interviews and made it a point to go for a ride to clear his mind before games.