Pick it Apart!
The Draft is in the books and the dust has settled. But how well did your team do in the first round?
We are taking a look back at every selection in the first round and giving you the lowdown on the pick; Was it a reach? Was it a steal? We’ll tell you and give you the impact for fantasy football….
Player: Devin White
Drafted by: Tampa Bay Bucs
You know the saying; Grass is green, the sky is blue and Devin White to the Bucs.
Everyone and his dog had Devin White mocked to Tampa Bay and that’s how it played out.
It was obvious considering Kwon Alexander had departed for pastures new.
The linebacker from LSU was a running back convert from High School (over 5000 yards and 80 TDs!) and because of that is a physical, hard hitting guy. Tampa are getting a competitive, fast and quick to diagnose player who will undoubtedly have a great NFL career. A sub 4.5 40 yard dash (99th %ile), 39 ½“ vertical jump (93rd %ile) were his combine highlights and throughout the draft process he was compared with Devin Bush who funnily enough was his closest comparison on Mockdraftable.
He has multiple years of production, earning the Butkus award as a Junior (top accolade for best linebacker in the country), a first team All-SEC pick and led the Tigers with 123 tackles (12 for a loss) along with 3 forced fumbles, 6 pass deflections and 3 sacks.
His knocks are his lack of quick play diagnosis, instincts are not as good as perhaps a Devin Bush but his athleticism and playmaking ability mean his talents will transfer easily in today’s modern NFL.
He will be a force to be reckoned with but he’ll need to be with Christian McCaffrey and Alvin Kamara in the same division.
Fantasy Football Impact:
Similar to the guys before, you can’t really give too much fantasy impact on the defensive player (unless you are an IDP nut, which I am not), but I would envisage that White should be amongst it for the Tampa Bay tackle leaders. A Tampa Bay team that were pretty porous last year get an immediate upgrade here but I still cant be swayed to take a Tampa Bay defence….