Pick 15 (46) • EDGE Keion White

Apr 24, 2019
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White is a toolsy power rusher with an elite athletic profile (9.92 RAS) and above-average length to create problems with his explosive upper-body power. The Georgia Tech product isn't a bendy, turn-the-corner rusher with a noticeable first step. He's a linear athlete with some stiffness in his movements. But he can power through the pocket, with an 18.9 pass rush win rate (sixth-best in this class), and press-and-shed as a two-gapping five-technique. My biggest concern watching his film pre-draft was a lack of a pass-rush plan and a lack of impact plays. White needs to develop a pass-rush toolbox, building off his effective long-arm bull rush, which is where defensive line coach DeMarcus Covington and skill coach Joe Kim go to work. If he can develop effective counters, White can translate the disruptive reps into productive ones. White will likely play with his hand in the dirt as a 3-4 defensive end, with the ability to kick further inside on passing downs.