2019 #5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Devin White, ILB, LSU

Devin White (Louisiana State) takes the stage prior to the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville.Photo: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

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From the 2019 NFL Draft Bible (click here to purchase)

OUTLOOK: The 2019 NFL Draft might be best known for the talent playing along the defensive line but a strong argument could be made that the best defender in the country last season was White, LSU's consensus All-American and Butkus Award-winning linebacker. Despite missing half of the much-anticipated rivalry game against Alabama due to a highly questionable targeting call the week before, White led the SEC with 123 total tackles in 2018, nearly doubling his number of solo stops (62) from his 2017 campaign when he averaged a conference-best 10.2 tackles per game. White earned First Team All-SEC honors after both his junior and sophomore seasons after making the power conference's All-Freshman list in 2016, leaving as one of the accomplished athletes in LSU's storied history. With all due respect to Smith - the 2017 Butkus Award winner and eighth overall pick last spring to the Chicago Bears - White was arguably the top linebacker in college football each of the past two seasons. On and off the field, he looks like a future franchise pillar and a rare inside linebacker worthy of top 20 consideration.

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