The third time is the charm, right? It certainly seems that way for Buccaneers inside linebacker Devin White, who made his NFL Top 100 debut at No. 28 as he enters his third NFL season.
White was the team's fifth overall pick in 2019 and since then, has made up one half of the league's best inside linebacker tandem. Helped by veteran Lavonte David, who himself ranked 43rd in this year's Top 100 list, White has blossomed into one of the best all-around off-ball linebackers in the league. White led the Buccaneers with 140 combined tackles during their 2020 championship season and stepped up his pass rush, recording 9.0 sacks in the regular season. Those 140 tackles ranked fifth league-wide and his 9.0 sacks were the most of any inside linebacker in the NFL last year.
White capped off his best year yet with the semi-game-sealing takeaway in Super Bowl LV, picking off Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes in the fourth quarter. In the 2020 playoffs, White had double-digit tackles in all three games he played, with a postseason-best of 15 coming against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship.
The former LSU standout joins six other Buccaneers on the NFL's Top 100 list. Tristan Wirfs (No. 89), Shaq Barrett (No. 88), Chris Godwin (No. 81), Jason Pierre-Paul (No. 59), Mike Evans (No. 48) and the aforementioned Lavonte David (No. 43) were revealed last Sunday.
White is the only Buccaneers player between spots 40-11. The Top 10 will be unveiled as part of a separate special airing next Sunday.