The 2023 Senior Bowl will provide an opportunity for NFL draft prospects to prove themselves on the largest pre-draft stage. Georgia Tech EDGE Keion White plans on taking full advantage. White recently spoke exclusively with the Senior Bowl and Draft Network to discuss his motivation for accepting his invitation to compete in Mobile, Alabama.
White also talked about what he’s striving to prove to NFL general managers and scouts in attendance at the Senior Bowl, his abilities as a pass rusher, positional versatility, and more. Let’s get to know Keion White a little better.
JM: Where were you when you found out about your Senior Bowl invite and what was your initial reaction like?
Keion White: Let me take you back (laughs). I was at practice. The coaching staff delivered the invite personally to my locker right after practice. I was really excited. I know guys who have gone to the Senior Bowl in years prior. One of my former roommates was Travis Fulgham, who went to the Senior Bowl. Oshane Ximines was another former teammate of mine.
I spoke with both Fulgham and Ximines about their experiences in Mobile. They both recommended attending. I remember their reaction when they received their invites. They were so excited. I was overjoyed to receive my own opportunity.
JM: That’s amazing. Building on that, what was your motivation for accepting the Senior Bowl’s offer?
Keion White: The Senior Bowl is the best bowl game you can possibly attend. It’s the best of the best. I’m the ultimate competitor. Wherever I can get the best competition, I’m going to attend that event.
JM: What are you looking to prove to NFL general managers, coaching staffs, and scouts in attendance in Mobile?
Keion White: I want to personally prove that I can play all over the defensive line. I can play the 2i to the 9-technique. I’m also excited to prove that I belong alongside the best players in the nation. That’s what I’m looking to prove. I want to prove that I’m a good football player (laughs). I’m 100% healthy and I can do everything.
JM: We love hearing that. Are there any fellow Senior Bowl attendees you’re looking forward to competing alongside?
Keion White: The one I’m looking forward to the most in all honesty is Nick Saldiveri. He’s an offensive lineman. We were teammates together at Old Dominion. I’m not sure what team he’s on, but I’m looking forward to seeing him and practicing against him once again.
JM: It’ll be great for you two to catch up. Sticking with this topic, now that you’ve had time to think about it, how do you look back on your decision to transfer from Old Dominion to Georgia Tech?
Keion White: It was the right decision for me. It gave me an opportunity to play against better competition on a weekly basis. It was different. There was a bit of an adjustment involved. I ended up falling in love with Georgia Tech. I definitely fell in love with the city of Atlanta.
JM: You’re still scratching the surface of your potential. How would you describe your pass-rushing arsenal?
Keion White: I’m definitely a power rusher first and foremost. I’m extremely strong and physical. I’m working on developing some counter moves as we speak. Every guy has their go-to move. For me, that’s the bull rush and a push-pull.
I’ve been working with Chuck Smith. He’s been helping me develop some switch-up moves. We’re working on the hump move and cross-chop. We’re adding a bit more speed to my game.
JM: I love that. Do you see yourself playing on the EDGE at the next level?
Keion White: Ideally, I’d love to be flexible. I would love to play both inside and outside depending on matchups. Anything you need me to do, ideally, I want to be a swiss-army-knife at the next level. I want to play the edge. I want to play inside. I look at how J.J. Watt and Aaron Donald handled those roles.
JM: You’re a versatile player. What can you accomplish at the Senior Bowl that you can’t at other pre-draft events?
Keion White: I’ve done my research. I’ve spoken with several scouts. The Senior Bowl is the place to be. All of the scouts, coaches, and general managers are going to be there. The best senior players in the nation will be in Mobile.
I’m excited to put my skill set on display in front of all those decision-makers. It’s all about proving what I can do. I definitely feel like I’m going to put my best foot forward. Being at the Senior Bowl gives me the best opportunity.
JM: We’re so excited for you. Is there a player in the NFL you’re looking forward to eventually swapping jerseys with?
Keion White: I would bring up my former teammates first and foremost. Guys like Travis Fulgham and Oshane Ximines immediately come to mind. It would definitely be cool to do a jersey swap with my old teammates.
I actually played high school football with Nyheim Hines. That would be cool for the city.
JM: Those are some excellent choices. At the end of the week, what does a successful Senior Bowl week look like for Keion White?
Keion White: I have to interview well first and foremost. I have to win my one-on-one reps for sure. I’m going to be competitive all around. I’m not going to overdo it, but I’m an extremely competitive player.
I hate losing. If I can leave the Senior Bowl without a loss, that would be a successful Senior Bowl.
- Feb 07, 2023
- Feb 07, 2023