Like the overall defense from last season, Devin White had a slow start, and surged in the final six games.
In a zoom conference of Monday, outside linebackers coach Larry Foote said Devin White’s ceiling was “up there with Lavonte David and Bobby Wagner”.
That’s high praise for the second year linebacker, but it’s a goal that is certainly achievable.
In 2019, White finished with 91 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 1 interception. The first round draft pick was thrusted into a leadership role quickly.
As the middle linebacker, White was operating as the quarterback for the defense, calling the plays and pointing out audibles on the opposing offense, which really highlights his intelligence.
Even so, it may take a year or two before White really takes off. As Bobby Wagner didn’t make a pro bowl until year three.
Many people gawked at the idea of taking a middle linebacker with the seventh overall pick. But if White can become a perennial all-pro, I don’t think many will care about draft status.