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DEWAYNE WHITE
Dewayne White - DE Position: DE
Class: Underclassman
School: Louisville
Conference: C-USA
Ht., Wt.: 6'2, 273
40 Time: 4.74
Grade: 3.87

Selected by Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Round 2, pick 32 (64 overall)


POSITIVES: Junior entry who impacted the Louisville program the day he stepped on the field. Totaled 57 tackles, 15 1/2 tackles for loss and 91/2 sacks last season, earning first team All-Conference honors. Also intercepted a pass and broke up five more. Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year in 2001 when he led all defensive lineman in the league with 86 tackles, set a school record of 23 tackles for loss and led the conference with 15 sacks. Started nine games as a red-shirt freshman and totaled 52-17-12 and named to several freshman All-American and All-Conference teams. Overcame a very difficult childhood to become an explosive college player.

NEGATIVES: One of college football's most dominant pass rushers who now takes his game to the next level. Quick off the snap, plays with forward lean and keeps his pads low to the ground. Quick altering his angle of attack, flatens and pursues the action from the backside. Effectively keeps blockers away with good hand technique, displays a solid inside move and lateral speed. Redirects to the ball carrier, plays with balance and rarely off his feet. Tough and plays with pain. Lined up at both tackle and end in college.

ANALYSIS: Lacks bulk, wears down over the course of a game and handled by opponents. Lacks the great closing burst and though he defends the run, has difficulty stopping the ball carrier if teams direct plays at him.

PROJECTION: Mid Second Round


Photo: Conference USA

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