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Los Angeles Chargers Draft: Making the case for LSU’s Devin White

By John Wozniak
BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 03: Najee Harris #22 of the Alabama Crimson Tide battles for yards while being tackled by Devin White #40 of the LSU Tigers during a second half run at Tiger Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Alabama won the game 29-0. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 03: Najee Harris #22 of the Alabama Crimson Tide battles for yards while being tackled by Devin White #40 of the LSU Tigers during a second half run at Tiger Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Alabama won the game 29-0. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Chargers have a great opportunity to upgrade their defense in this year’s draft.

Tom Telesco and Anthony Lynn have tough choices to make in the offseason. One defensive lineman has been shown the door. The Bolts have announced they were freeing up $9.5million of salary cap space after deciding not to exercise their option on Corey Liuget.

Making the case for LSU’s Devin White

As the NFL Draft draws closer, Bolt Beat will look at the Chargers’ options for the 2019 Draft. The linebacker position is poised for an upgrade in 2019. Bolt Beat’s Jason Gilder made the case for Alabama’s Mack Wilson. This time around the spotlight shines on Devin White from LSU.

White had a productive college career, registering 286 tackles in three seasons. In 2017, White led the NCAA with 96 assisted tackles. In 2018 the former Tiger led the SEC in assisted tackles. White’s 2018 accolades include being selected to the consensus All-American team and he picked up the Dick Butkus Award for the most outstanding linebacker in the country.

Baton Rouge was blessed with a fine athlete. White stands at 6’0 and weighsin at 240 pounds. He is quick off the mark and he can battle with the toughest of running backs. White could follow Leonard Fournette and Jamal Adams as top-10 picks from the school. The former Tigers were drafted fourth and sixth overall in 2017.

How Devin White stacks up among the FBS linebackers in a few PFF metrics pic.twitter.com/fVAl5IEXON

— PFF College (@PFF_College) December 30, 2018

LSU finished the 2018 season10-3 and they were ranked 11th in the final playoff rankings. Scouts and general managers will be aware of White’s ability to compete in the SEC, a tough conference.

Kyle Crabbs writes a positive appraisal on the pro-football hot prospect.

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“Devin White has the ceiling of a star in the NFL. White’s explosive range, hitting power and explosiveness compliment a sturdy frame and some awesome reps of reads at the LOS. The contact balance issues with White may scare some teams, but provided he’s able to square up his challenges with more consistency it’s difficult to project anything less than Pro Bowls in his future. White plays through contact and trash well, he’s a viable starter in any system”, via draftnetwork.com

Players are being asked to do a lot more in today’s game. Chargers 2018 first-round pick Derwin James showed his versatility in an impressive inaugural season.

The Chargers will draft an excellent football player if White is still on the board after the 27th pick. Stranger things have happened in football and it’s an exciting time of the year for anyone interested in the National Football League.

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