Chargers no. 3 draft steal: Kyzir White, linebacker (fourth round, 2018)
The fourth round seems to have been a sweet spot for the Chargers the last couple of seasons, with White being one of the better picks in recent memory. The younger brother of former Chicago Bears first-round pick Kevin White (Pardon My Take’s Big Cat’s favorite Bear), the West Virginia product entered the league as a safety but quickly transitioned to linebacker.
During his initial training camp in 2018, White competed with starter Jatavis Brown (another solid mid-round pick by the Bolts) for first-team reps. Former Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn was especially high on White as he was named the starter to begin the 2018 season. This was short-lived however as a knee injury cut short his rookie campaign that only lasted three games.
White would go on to play in all 16 games in 2019 with seven starts. In 2020, he was having his best year to date as a Bolt with 10 starts to go along with 77 combined tackles and four tackles for loss before his year was cut short and he was placed on injured reserve.
However, his best year easily came in 2021 when he led the team in tackles at 144 combined stops. This was one of the highest total tackle outputs by a Bolts' linebacker since Donnie Edwards racked up back-to-back seasons of 150+ stops in 2004 and 2005. A casualty of the 2022 off-season, White recently signed a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles where he will be competing for another starting role.