I know Tom Telesco and Anthony Lynn were watching the Super Bowl. What they saw may clue into what positions the Los Angeles Chargers may need to draft or get in free agency.
One position that is extraordinarily important is the linebacker position. Tom Telesco already mentioned that linebacker would be a priority this offseason.
Since the Super Bowl just ended, we have now opened the offseason doors. We will now look at a linebacker from the great Louisiana State University.
Devin White is a specimen at linebacker standing at 6-foot-1 and weighing about 240 pounds. He is the ideal size for a linebacker who can move sideline to sideline but also can be considered a thumper.
The first thing you would want in a middle linebacker is toughness. White shows that in spades, per Kyle Crabbs of The Draft Network.
“Competitive Toughness –Imposing presence in the middle of the field. Prowls the tackle box and is rarely caught unprepared for contact or unable to stun blockers before chasing the ball. His range is spectacular and his effort to rally to the football is admirable.”
I believe wholeheartedly if White was added to the Chargers linebacking corps, he would be a welcome and Day 1 edition. The Chargers and Gus Bradley would want their linebackers to cover ground quickly in zones or just to be able to cover their man outside the backfield due to great quarterbacks such as Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes, and Andrew Luck, just to name a few.
His athleticism to be able to roam the field from sideline to sideline is an important trait in today’s linebackers, per Crabbs.
“Coverage Skills –Zone coverage option in the underneath areas. He’s got some range to him as well, courtesy of length and spring to attack the football in the air. Doesn’t collision routes crossing his face, would like to see some more attention to the fine details of maximizing his impact in space.”
Having a linebacker that can bring these things to the table will help our defense be able to switch schemes in the middle of the game. Having that in the Chargers’ back pocket will come in handy when playing elite offensive teams to halt them in their tracks.
This Chargers defense is just a few pieces from being able to give any team in the league trouble, and he is one of those to pieces to make that happen.
White has a first-round grade from pretty much every draft analyst out there and some may even see him as the best overall athlete in the entire draft class.
Is there any way he would still be available when the Chargers go on the clock at No. 28, or is he a player you would like to see the Bolts trade up for to ensure they get on the roster?