Devin White flashed his trademark speed en route to capturing the top spot in the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine on Sunday.
The former LSU inside linebacker clocked in at an unofficial 4.42 for the best time at his position group.
An emotional White couldn’t contain his tears of joy after setting the mark.
— NFL (@NFL) March 3, 2019
The 6-foot-1, 240-pound White, who narrowly edged Texas linebacker Gary Johnson (4.43), is regarded by draft gurus as a top 10 selection in the NFL draft. In the illustrious history of LSU, the lone linebacker chosen in the top 10 was Eric Hill in 1989, who went No. 10 to the then-Phoenix Cardinals.
Before this year, only three inside linebackers — Martez Wilson (4.42, 2011), Mychal Kendricks (4.44, 2012) and Gerald McRath (4.49, 2009) — posted a time better than 4.5, according to The Advocate.
— Brooks Kubena (@BKubena) March 3, 2019
White also had the second-highest vertical jump (39.5) for linebackers, second only to Michigan’s Devin Bush (41).
🗣 GET UP, @DevinWhite__40‼️
— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) March 3, 2019
The All-American heavily debated whether or not to return for his senior season in Baton Rouge prior to his decision to turn pro.
“After careful consideration and prayer, in various conversation with those who are close to me, I have decided to sacrifice the remainder of my college career and enter the 2019 NFL draft,” White said in a video per The Advocate.
White intends to still strive for his bachelor’s degree in order to become the first member of his family to graduate from a Division I university, according to The Advocate.
Last season, White was the first-ever LSU linebacker to win the Butkus Award. White amassed 286 tackles, 8.5 sacks and four forced fumbles in his collegiate career.
Analysts rave about White’s athleticism and play-making abilities, believing he has the versatility to be dangerous in coverage against skill-position players.
If White continues to develop at this rate, he might have to make some room on his mantle for another individual prize.
— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) March 5, 2019
“He’s going to be a Rookie of the Year candidate who’s going to record a ridiculous number of tackles and explosive plays,” NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah per The Advocate.