Being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft is a dream for any college football player. But with that dream, comes a lot of pressure to perform, especially for a top pick. For the Bucs 2019 first round pick (and fifth overall), Devin White, he’s got an added layer of pressure to help get his new team’s struggling defense back on track.
Head coach Bruce Arians was asked recently in an interview with long time Tampa Bay NFL writer Ira Kaufman on his podcast, if he was concerned that the pressure would be too much for the former LSU Lineman?
To which he responded “No, Not at all.”
Arians also added, “He’s come in; he’s so mature. You know, and he’s in great condition. He’s extremely bright. He loves it. You know, you get these guys once in a lifetime. They all got physical skills, but they don’t love it. I mean, they wouldn’t do it for free. This cat would do it for free as long as he can ride his horses.”
And how is White himself feeling about all of this responsibility? Well, he certainly hasn’t shied away from it.
Here he was earlier in the Bucs offseason program giving us an idea of his mentality of getting ready for the NFL:
Get better. Every day. pic.twitter.com/EUuOGFLfrG
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) May 12, 2019
While we’ll have to wait a couple of more months to see what White can do in the league, we know White was the leading tackler in the SEC in 2018. And, he will be heavily counted on to see significant playing time and learn from and work in tandem with perennial Pro Bowl linebacker Lavonte David.
Bucs fans will be eagerly watching starting with August 9th, as they take on the Steelers in their first preseason game to see if White has made the strides that the Buccaneers need him to. And if he has, it will be a great indication of White can do this year and potentially for many years to come.