Exhibits some natural power as a tackler, breaks down with good leverage and is a proper wrap-up guy. Generates good snap when asked to take on blocks and attack downhill. Has a strong, lower center of gravity, plays behind his hands and can routinely anchor in the hole. However, isn't a consistent stack and shed guy, lacks ideal suddenness and violence in his hands to routinely slip blocks once engaged.
Lacks ideal instincts when asked to read his run keys inside. Seems to always be flowing toward the football, but struggles to consistently fill correct run lanes and will run himself out of the plays far too often. Doesn't exhibit much range in pursuit and seems to really have only one gear. Isn't a real rangy tackler either; better off in a phone booth and he doesn't have the type of closing ability to consistently make plays in space.
Impression: Displays some impressive power at the point of attack when asked to anchor. Lacks ideal range or fluidity in the pass game and isn't overly instinctive inside. Seems more like an ideal jack backer in a 3-4 or lower-end two-down 4-3 inside guy."
He had 110 tackles, 26 total tackles for loss and two interceptions as a senior. He was an outstanding player in the SEC but lacks the speed and coverage skills needed to be an effective NFL linebacker. He could fit best at the next level as a 3-4 inside linebacker or two-down linebacker in a 4-3.
Positives: Productive and durable two-year starter has good size and gives great effort. Junior college transfer played on the weak side as a junior and inside as a senior. Sure tackler who rarely misses when squared to the opponent. Good at diagnosing and putting himself in position to make plays. Can engage offensive linemen without giving ground, and can shed fullback blocks to plug gaps. Very effective between the tackles.
Negatives: Is not fast, quick or agile. Plays too upright and lacks good knee-bend. Doesn't have the speed to get to the edge and shut off the wide run. While statistically productive against the pass, doesn't project well in that role in the NFL except in zone due to lack of agility. Has tight hips moving laterally and is slow to change direction. Is ineffective as a pass rusher is he doesn't have an open lane."
Positive: Instinctive run-defending linebacker coming off a career-best campaign. Effectively diagnoses the action, takes good angles to plays and fires up the field in run defense. Remains disciplined with assignments, does not bite on ball fakes, and stays with the action. Effectively defeats blocks and wraps up tackling.
Negative: Ineffective in pursuit and does not show long-range speed. Lacks quick and immediate change-of-direction skills. Not smooth turning his hips to transition in coverage.
Analysis: White is a big inside/middle linebacker prospect and who stacks well against the run. He could see significant starting action at the next level, although he will likely leave the field on passing downs."
Negatives: Not particularly fast, stock may fall a bit if White does not run well in postseason workouts... Not an outstanding athlete, looks a little stiff in pads, runs with shorter strides than most linebackers... Is not a deep middle defender, does not look especially comfortable in deeper coverage, will most likely have to stick with short zone coverage... Does not defend legs very well against cut blocks... Plays too high, needs to lower pad level and run lower to the ground, lower body is too exposed when scraping through traffic... Pass-rushing abilities are adequate, but needs to work on developing a larger arsenal of moves."
Having lined up at the middle linebacker position, White projects to stay there at the next level. He has good size (6'3'' and 244 pounds) for an MLB and probably is not fast enough to play outside. He was once clocked in the 4.5s in the 40-yard dash, but he generally runs in the 4.6s or 4.7s. He will likely have to step it up in the speed department if he wants to have a serious impact on Sundays. White is not a freakish athlete like plenty of NFL players, but he can make up for some of that with his endless motor.
White was not really on NFL radar screens prior to this season, but he did a lot to change that. Thanks to his incredible 2010 campaign, White might have played his way into becoming a late-round selection."
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