Keion White is one of the older prospects in the 2023 NFL Draft, but he’s got quite a bit of untapped potential as a converted tight end. White is massive and quite versatile — he can line up on the inside or outside and even standing up. Although his track record at Georgia Tech isn’t very long, White’s ceiling is quite high if he can put it all together, making him a possible Day 1 pick.
Keion White Draft Profile
College: Georgia Tech
A converted tight end who transferred from Old Dominion, White is still finding his way on the defensive side of the ball. But there’s no doubt that he’s one of the most incredible athletes in this draft class.
He has the initial quickness and flexibility to threaten the edge as a pass rusher, and he has the functional strength to line up inside and either out-quick or overpower guards as a one-gap penetrator.
He’s nearly 290 pounds but moves well enough to stand up on the edge and then run step-for-step with running backs downfield in coverage. He was a highly regarded team captain at Georgia Tech.
He’s essentially a one-year starter, and there are plenty of rough edges to White’s game. He needs to come up with more of a plan in the pass rush rather than relying solely on physical traits against NFL competition.
NFL teams can mold White a number of different ways, from a 3-technique to a standup linebacker, and it’s easy to draw a line to him from Jacksonville’s Walker (though Walker was a little more polished). Defensive coaches who crave versatility will like what they see, but any team can appreciate the freakish size/athleticism combo.
Final Grade: 1st/2nd Round
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Publish Date:2023-04-04 23:46:18