Raiders Draft Breakdown: Devin White

Chris Reed
Devin White Raiders NFL Draft LSU

This is the fourth in an ongoing series on 2019 NFL Draft prospects by Chris Reed. He will evaluate projected first-round picks and their fit for the Raiders. Today, we look at LSU’s talented linebacker Devin White.

Name: Devin White

Position: Linebacker

Age: 20

School: LSU


Prototypical athleticism, Holds up well in coverage, showed good situational awareness, has a good burst and covers ground quickly once he pulls the trigger, natural sideline to sideline range, shows consistent pursuit even from backside, tackles well when he gets a wrap on the ball carrier, fits the mold of a modern sub-package linebacker


A bit slow with reads, has issues getting separation from blocks, was washed out of his gap at times, pass rush skill set is very limited, not an overly powerful hitter will struggle early if asked to play on the strong side vs the run

Why He Would Fit the Raiders

Devin White really fits the mold of what teams are looking for in a sub-package linebacker. He can flow from sideline to sideline with relative ease. He can shoot a gap in both run defense and in a blitz package. Out of his 286 tackles over three years, he recorded 28.5 of them behind the line of scrimmage with 8.5 sacks.

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What could make him the most intriguing to GM Mike Mayock and head coach Jon Gruden is his athleticism and coverage capabilities. White only had one interception during his time at LSU but did break up nine passes with six of those occurring last season. Linebackers that can hold up in coverage are extremely valuable in the battle with spread offenses. Defensive coaches have begun using safeties at the position in an effort to match up with these schemes. White would give them a bigger body to fill that role.

Why He Would Not Fit the Raiders

Combine testing will play a big role in his draft position. He doesn’t look like he has the elite level athletic ability that would get him drafted at the team’s 4th overall selection. He is extremely raw when it comes to his pass rush skill set. He did not beat offensive linemen very often, instead relied on shooting an open gap.

His struggles to get off blocks will drop his stock as well. He is listed at 6-foot-1-inch and 240-pounds. That lack of length allowed blockers to get to his chest very often. He played a bit high at times and blockers were able to get underneath him and wash him out of plays. He will really benefit from an NFL strength and conditioning program but may struggle early against the run.

While he certainly fits the Raiders defensive scheme, there will be better prospects available at the time of their first pick. He could very likely be gone once their 24th overall selection rolls around. White is a prospect that would be a good system fit but may end up playing somewhere else due to draft value.