Let’s not forget what Devin White has done.
While we don’t want to become captives of the moment during the current success for the Buccaneers, Devin White has the opportunity to become the best linebacker in the NFL in a short period.
This is exceptionally high praise for a young player that can still use some work in his game, but White is approaching a league of his own amongst off-ball linebackers.
Without a doubt, Devin White was the best linebacker in the playoffs. In three playoff games, White had two interceptions, two fumble recoveries, and 38 total tackles. White was a force of nature on the biggest stage of his career, and while he has never received the recognition that he deserves, NFL execs should have seen enough not to use his name lightly.
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According to Matt Lombardo at Victory Bell Rings, one exec already believes that Micah Parsons out of Penn State is a better prospect than Devin White. This is a high bar to meet, but we’ve all seen the NFL miss on its evaluation of Devin White before. Everyone heard for months that Devin White wasn’t even the best Devin in his draft class. We saw how that worked out.
None of this is to say that Parsons won’t be an excellent NFL linebacker; he will assuredly be a big-time starter wherever he lands, but assuming that his ceiling is as high as Devin White’s before he reaches the league is a bit presumptive.
Devin White’s potential was always extremely high
Could Parson’s be a nine-sack, 140-tackle, Super Bowl winner in year two? Certainly, but the odds are stacked against any players ever replicating this.
Parsons was great in college, but his best season still falls short of White’s. From an athletic standpoint, Parsons is taller than White, but his counterpart is more compact and faster. As the modern NFL targets tight ends and running backs in the passing game more, White’s athletic skillset is about as desirable as they get.
It makes sense that NFL execs see things that the rest of the world doesn’t, but some teams are starting to believe that Zach Wilson is the next Patrick Mahomes, so we’ll see how that goes too. As far as Devin White and Micah Parsons are concerned, Parsons could have a great career in the NFL, but putting him on the same level as Devin White, one of the best defensive prospects in recent years, is premature.
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