Biography: All-Conference selection as a senior when he broke in with the first team on a full-time basis and totaled 45/14/11.5. Saw extensive playing time as a rotational defensive end the prior three years, his most productive being his freshman campaign when he totaled 39/3.5/6. Older brother Dante Whitner was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the 2006 draft.
Positives: Athletic college defensive end who makes a lot of plays up the field. Breaks down well, plays with good lean, and fluid moving in every direction of the field. Plays with good body control, quickly changes direction, and collapses down the line pursuing the action. Flashes lower body power and the ability to push tackles off the ball. Good athlete.
Negatives: Does not do a good job using his hands to protect himself and is an easy target for opponents to block. Marginal instincts. Average speed off the edge. All too often pushed aside by a single blocker.
Analysis: Witten shown flashes of skill yet must turn up the intensity of his game and play more consistently to achieve the level of expectations scouts believe he has. He projects as either a defensive end in a conventional system or stand up linebacker in a 3-4 alignment.
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