In a surprising turn of events, the team that needs linebackers the most will be meeting with the best linebacker in the NFL Draft.
Linebacker Devin White will be visiting three teams inside the top-11 picks in the coming days, the Bengals being one of those teams.
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Blue chip prospects shouldn’t leave the first few picks of the draft, and over the course of the last three months, White has proven he belongs in that elite company. The true junior played a significant role in all three seasons at LSU and was named a permanent team captain and the team MVP in his 19-year old breakout sophomore season in 2017.
2018 saw White elevate to even higher levels. He was once again the team MVP and a permanent captain, along with becoming the first LSU linebacker to win the Butkus award, given to the nation’s top linebacker.
The man’s bio on the team’s official website starts with: “One of the best players to ever play at LSU”. Is there anything else to really say?
White has been furiously linked to the Buccaneers in the past few weeks, who possess the fifth pick in the draft order. The Giants, and the Bengals for that matter, are on the outside looking in for acquiring White’s services at the minute, but doing due diligence on a prospect near the top of the draft board is never a bad idea.
The Giants have been reportedly focused on drafting an edge rusher with their sixth overall pick, but White figures to be high on everyone’s boards, so their interest shouldn’t be too surprising.
If White somehow slips out of the first 10 picks, the Bengals shouldn’t take more than a second to get the card with his name on it to the stage for commissioner Roger Goodell to read it off. The likelihood of this happening decreases as the draft gets closer and closer, but crazier things have happened.
The Bengals will be ready to seize the opportunity if it presents itself.